Conference: Porcelain circling the Globe

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Porzellansammlung, June 13 – 14, 2018
Registration deadline: May 20, 2018

Registration is now open for “Porcelain Circling the Globe. International Trading Structures and the East Asia Collection of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733)”, hosted by the Porzellansammlung Dresden on 13-14 June 2018. Speakers include scholars from China, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

Over two days, the conference will discuss the porcelain trade conducted by individual dealers working outside of the dominant trading companies in the 17th and 18th centuries. It will focus on private networks in and beyond Asia, and the emergence of collecting East Asian art in Europe. The conference will discuss the extent and importance of these private networks, and will debate the phenomenon of trading and collecting East Asian objects from both the traders’ as well as the collectors’ perspectives, with the purpose of investigating interactions between agents from different cultures and backgrounds.

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LOCATION: Residenzschloss (Royal Castle), Fürstengalerie, 1. Floor

09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome address
Marion Ackermann (SKD)
Julia Weber (SKD)

Panel 1. Local Markets    
Chair: Stacey Pierson

10:00 Jingdezhen’s porcelain and the merchant route books in late imperial China – Anne GERRITSEN (Universiteit Leiden/University of Warwick)

10:20 Imperial wares in the Dresden Porcelain Collection: Possibilities of Provenance – Sun YUE (Palace Museum Beijing)

10:40 Coffee break

11:10     The Chinese junk’s intermediate trade in Japanese porcelain for the West between the late 17th century and 1730’s – Miki SAKURABA (National Museum of  Japanese History)

11:30     Discussion

12:00 Lunch break

Panel 2. Trading Structures and Global Connections
Chair: Regina Krahl

13:30 Let’s carefully balance it! Safavid adaptations of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain – Amelia MACIOSZEK (Freie Universität Berlin)

13:50 Some aspects of the Dutch porcelain trade in Asia in relation to the collection of Augustus the Strong – Christiaan JÖRG (Groninger Museum/ Universiteit Leiden)

14:10  Chinese porcelain and the Netherlands – Jan VAN CAMPEN (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

14:30 Discussion

15:00 Coffee break

Panel 3. From Seller to Buyer: Collecting Porcelain in Europe
Chair: Cora Würmell

15:30 „His Electoral Highness wishes to have a porcelain service mounted with gold“ – The role of the agents and dealers supporting the East Asian porcelain collection of Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria (1662 – 1726) – Max TILLMANN (Independent scholar)

15:50 From Cathay to Versailles: Oriental porcelain in the Louis XIV’s collection – Stéphane CASTELLUCCIO (Centre André Chastel, Paris)

16:10 Collecting Kakiemon porcelain in Holland and beyond – Menno FITSKI (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

16:30 Discussion

18:00 – 21:00 Welcome reception and open galleries in the Porzellansammlung at the Zwinger Palace

LOCATION: Residenzschloss (Royal Castle), Fürstengalerie, 1. Floor

09:30 Registration

Panel 1. The Dresden Royal Collection of East Asian Porcelain
Chair: Christiaan Jörg and Yukio Suzuta

10:00 The Dresden Porcelain Project: The 18th century collection reassessed – Cora WÜRMELL (SKD)

10:20 Writing the Japanese Palace inventories 1721 – 1727 and 1779 – Karolin RANDHAHN (SKD)

10:40 Coffee break

11:10     The King’s personal shopper: Count Lagnasco’s porcelain acquisitions in the Netherlands for Augustus the Strong, 1716/1717 – Ruth Sonja SIMONIS (SKD)

11:30 Discussion

Panel 2. Objects in Transfer
Chair: Ruth Sonja Simonis

13:30 Augustus the Strong and his collection of Chinese prints and drawings.
From China to Europe – Anita Xiaoming WANG (Independent scholar)
From Europe to Dresden – Cordula BISCHOFF (Independent scholar)

14:10 Early exported Arita wares in the collection of Augustus the Strong – Tomoko FUJIWARA (Kyushu Ceramic Museum)

14:30 Export or exported? Challenging classifications of traded porcelains – Stacey PIERSON (SOAS University of London)

14:50 Discussion

15:20 Closing words and end of symposium

Porzellansammlung der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden: Julia Weber (director), Cora Würmell (curator), Christiaan Jörg (academic supervisor), Ruth Sonja Simonis (research associate)

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft