The unique and rough-and-tumble history of Paris porcelain, known to collectors as "Old Paris" or "Vieux Paris", will be the subject of an illustrated talk, presented by the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle. The lecture by Donna Corbin, the associate curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, will take place at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich CT, starting at 1 p.m.
High-stakes espionage and bribery drove the race among European royalty to find the secret of making fine white translucent porcelain. Yet, Paris workshops survived and thrived through wars, royal restraint of trade, and fierce competition within and outside its country's borders. Their dazzling array of decorative porcelain was sent all around the world from the mid-1700's through the 19th century.
Even the young and still raw United States was not immune to Paris finery. In 1778 George and Martha Washington served important banquets on pristine French porcelain. Later, in the antebellum South, lavish Paris decorative objects were much coveted.
Expect to be amazed and delighted by the bright colors and rich gilding as the history of Paris porcelain in Europe and America is described.
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the understanding of and appreciation for pottery and porcelain around the world. From October through May, monrhly lectures by noted experts are offered to the public and members alike. Refreshments are always served following the presentations.