Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession

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Detail of blue-and-white globular dragon vase (Tianqiuping), Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing (1796–1820) or Daiguang (1820–1850) period. Porcelain with enamel. Gift of the Class of 1908. 1966-14-1
Blue-and-white globular dragon vase (Tianqiuping) (detail), Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing (1796–1820) or Daoguang (1820–1850) period. Porcelain with underglaze blue. Gift of the Class of 1908. 1966-14-1

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Blue-and-white globular dragon vase (Tianqiuping), Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing (1796–1820) or Daiguang (1820–1850) period. From the Krannert Art Museum collection
Blue-and-white globular dragon vase (Tianqiuping), Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing (1796–1820) or Daoguang (1820–1850) period. Porcelain with underglaze blue. Gift of the Class of 1908. 1966-14-1

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Cornelis Aelbrechtsz Keyser, Charger, 17th century. Tin-glazed earthenware. Museum purchase through the Harlan E. Moore Charitable Trust fund 1988-15-1
Cornelis Aelbrechtsz Keyser, Charger, 17th century. Tin-glazed earthenware. Museum purchase through the Harlan E. Moore Charitable Trust fund 1988-15-1

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Royal Worcester (established 1751), Royal Lily Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer, ca. 1770-1783, porcelain, Gift of Harlan E. and Theresa E. Moore, 1967-24-8; 1967-24-8.a
Royal Worcester (established 1751), Royal Lily Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer, ca. 1770-1783, porcelain, Gift of Harlan E. and Theresa E. Moore, 1967-24-8; 1967-24-8.a

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Delft plate, English, 1750–1775. Lead-glazed earthenware. Museum purchase through the Harlan E. Moore Charitable Trust fund 1986-9-1
Delft plate, English, 1750–1775. Lead-glazed earthenware. Museum purchase through the Harlan E. Moore Charitable Trust fund 1986-9-1

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Gunnar Wennerberg for Gustavsberg Porcelain, vase, 1902, ceramic, 1980-4-16, Gift of Department of Ceramic Engineering, UIUC, C.W. Parmelee Collection
Gunnar Wennerberg for Gustavsberg Porcelain, vase, 1902, ceramic, 1980-4-16, Gift of Department of Ceramic Engineering, UIUC, C.W. Parmelee Collection

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Bread and Butter Plate with Lobster Design, Dedham Pottery, ca. 1900, stoneware, 1980-4-115, Gift of Department of Ceramic Engineering, UIUC, C.W. Parmelee Collection
Bread and Butter Plate with Lobster Design, Dedham Pottery, ca. 1900, stoneware, 1980-4-115, Gift of Department of Ceramic Engineering, UIUC, C.W. Parmelee Collection

Exhibition

On view
Aug 30, 2018 to May 12, 2019
Main Level, Contemporary Gallery

Blue and White explores the technological advances, trade networks, and shared aesthetics that sustain a global appetite for blue-and-white ceramics.

The exhibition centers on Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, which has been collected and emulated around the world since the Yuan Dynasty, as well as the many ceramic traditions inspired by these wares. Even as new types of decoration were developed over the centuries, blue-and-white never went out of fashion.

Nobles and the well to do in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East collected these wares and sometimes enhanced them with precious metal mounts. Furthermore, in response to these luxurious trade goods, potters around the world attempted to mimic the aesthetic qualities of blue-and-white porcelain, making faience, (such as Delftware) and other ceramics.

The exhibition will include American, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Mexican, Swedish, and Turkish ceramics from the Ming Dynasty to the present day.

Curated by Maureen Warren, curator of European and American Art

Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies

Ricker Library of Architecture and Art has developed a library guide with details about this exhibition, as well as supplementary materials and curator-recommended readings: Library Guide for Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession

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Allen Stringfellow, Street Smarts II, ca. 1990s. Collage and watercolor on paper. Gift of John and Dorothy Gardner. 2014-8-1
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Kennedy Browne, Real World Harm (Act I), 2018. Still from 360º video for Oculus, 5 minutes. Courtesy of the artists © Kennedy Browne
  1. Oct 4, 2018 to Feb 9, 2019
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Mark Kostabi, Madonna, 1984. Oil on canvas. Gift of Rebecca Frankel Wilkinson 1996-14-1
  1. Dec 3, 2018 to Dec 22, 2018
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