The unique history of Paris porcelain, known to collectors as "Old Paris" or "Vieux Paris", will be the subject of an illustrated talk at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle. The lecture by Donna Corbin, associate curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum or Art, will take place at 1 p.m.
There is more to the story of exquisite Paris porcelain than high artistic standards. High-stakes espionage and bribery drove the race among European royalty to find the secret of making fine white translucent porcelain. Paris workshops managed to survive and thrive through wars, royal restraint of trade, and fierce competition within and outside its borders. Its dazzling array of objects went all around the world, including the young and still raw United States.
In 1778 George and Martha Washington served important banquets on pristine white French porcelain, and later in the antebellum South, lavish objects were much coveted.
Expect to be amazed and delighted by the profusion of bright colors and rich gilding as the history of Paris porcelain in Europe and America is described.
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle seeks to promote the understanding of and appreciation for pottery and porcelain around the world. From October through May, lectures by experts are given and are open to the public and members alike. Refreshments are included and served following all presentations.