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Bowl, China, Southern Song [Sung] dynasty, 1127-1279, Glazed porcelain, chrysanthemum petal shape, 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 inches. Louise Westbrook Collection of Chinese Ceramics, L24.41.109. Photograph by Katherine Wetzel.
Oct 07, 2005
throughMay 27, 2007

Traditions in Miniature: The Louise Westbrook Collection of Chinese Ceramics

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This exhibition features miniature ceramic artworks dating from 3,000 B.C.E. to 1911 A.D., selected from more than one hundred thirty pieces from the Louise Westbrook Collection of Chinese Ceramics in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. A variety of forms used for ritual, functional, and decorative purposes are chronologically displayed to examine the influence of imperial taste on ceramic design and style. Considered miniature because they measure less than six inches in height, these objects show developments in earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain throughout Chinese ceramics tradition, the longest and most developed in the world.

The exhibition is divided according to the dynasties of ruling families and reigns of individual emperors, highlighting developments of each period. Within each dynasty, the function and status of ceramics varied, and ornamentation was often heavily influenced by imperial tastes.

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was curated by Leslie Bishop, '04, art history major, University of Richmond and N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University Museums.