The Porcelain Room
Arriving in Europe in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, vast quantities of translucent, elegantly decorated white-bodied porcelain from China and Japan heightened Europeans’ fervor for these wondrous wares and inspired specially designed rooms that showcased porcelain from floor to ceiling as crowned jewels in an integrated architectural and decorative scheme.
Because recent generations have come to know porcelain mainly in the form of relatively inexpensive dinner ware and knickknacks, it is difficult to convey a sense of the exalted position that early porcelain held and the intriguing stories surrounding it. In tribute to porcelain’s beauty and honored tradition, the Seattle Art Museum has created its Porcelain Room.
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