Course Details

952: A History of Porcelain; From Ming to Meissen to Minton

February 1, 3, 5
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Power Point presentation with examples from the presenter’s personal collection. Starting with the invention of porcelain by the Chinese, the Middle East contribution of Cobalt pigment to Ming porcelain and the great Japanese porcelains catering to aristocratic collections in the 17th century followed Europeans opening trade routes bringing large quantities to Europe. Then, Meissen’s discovery of the secret of hard paste porcelain led to a variety of European competitors making soft paste porcelain with decorative patterns copying Japanese as well as Ching and Meissen. Then the English get into the act at Chelsea and Worcester, and finally, bone china at Wedgewood and Minton set a  standard that continues to this day.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Keith Lindgren
Keith M. Lindgren is a retired cardiologist who has been collecting porcelain for 45 years.