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Fellow (1 September 2013 - 30 June 2014)
What is the Chinese perspective on the global production of porcelain in the early modern period?
From as early as 1300, manufacturers in the southern Chinese province of Jiangxi created objects of desire for consumers throughout the world. The objects themselves, in private collections and on display in museums, have been studied extensively, as have the patterns of trade and the activities of merchants that facilitated the distribution of these goods. This interdisciplinary project draws on (art) historical, archaeological and material culture approaches to analyse the Chinese perspective on ceramics production for markets beyond the boundaries of the empire. It will use the material record of ceramics production in Jiangxi kiln sites in combination with the Chinese literary and documentary records dating from the late Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming dynasties (1368-1644) to illustrate the Chinese perspective on this global enterprise.
1) Ji'an Literati and the Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China. Leiden: Brill, 2007
2) ‘Material Culture and the Other: European Encounters with Chinese Porcelain, ca. 1650-1800’, with Stephen McDowall, eds., Journal of World History 23.1 (2012).
3) ‘Porcelain and the Material Culture of the Yuan Court (1279-1368).’ Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012): 241-273
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