Released May 07, 2012
TREASURES OF CHINESE EXPORT CERAMICS BOOK LAUNCH
THURSDAY, MAY 17 | 7:30 PM | PRESENTATION & BOOK SIGNING WITH THE AUTHOR | FREE
SALEM, MA -- Through 556 sumptuously illustrated pages, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM/Yale University Press, 2012) delves into one of the foremost collections of Chinese export ceramics in the world. Contextual essays and 275 object entries present ground-breaking scholarship by former PEM curator and internationally renowned authority on the subject, William R. Sargent. This publication marks the first significant compendium of PEM's superlative collection and will serve as a vital reference on the subject for decades to come.
PEM's Asian Export Art Collection, comprised of nearly 17,000 works of art, is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of its kind. Works from China, Japan, India and Indonesia in a broad range of media reflect artistic and cultural dialogues between Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. The collection boasts over 7,000 Chinese ceramics made for export between the early 15th century and the late 19th century. From elaborately mounted porcelain cups and carp-shaped tureens to 3-foot-high blue and white vases and masterfully sculpted figures, the collection highlights the diversity of ceramics made in China for export. These works of art are some of the world's most enduring examples of early globalization and inter-cultural communication, providing a rich counterpoint to contemporary cultural and trade relations.
Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum exposes long-held misconceptions in the field of Asian Export Art while presenting new research and discoveries. Exquisitely detailed photography affords new windows onto these works and an introductory chapter by Rose Kerr, curator emeritus of the Victoria and Albert Museum, thoroughly explores Jingdezhen, the legendary ceramics city in which most of these magnificent works were created.
THURSDAY, MAY 17 | 7:30 PM | MORSE AUDITORIUM | FREE | RESERVATIONS BY 5/15
On the launch of his new book Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, William R. Sargent, one of the field's leading experts and a former curator at PEM, gives a lecture revealing new insights on individual works and exploring how PEM's collection has developed over the last 200 years. A book signing follows the presentation. For reservations, please call 978-745-9500 x3011 or book online at pem.org/calendar
ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
HOURS: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.
INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org