William Lever was an enthusiastic collector of Chinese porcelain and other Chinese art works. He selected objects mainly for their beauty and craftsmanship.
This talk will look at the key developments of ceramic production in China throughout its various dynasties. We will consider what these objects tell us about the lifestyles and beliefs of Chinese people in the past, and how English people’s demand for Chinese ceramics and other art works was satisfied by an extensive trade from the East, resulting in cultural exchange and fusion.
Image: Temple ornament in the form of an elephant, one of a pair, Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign, 1736-95, porcelain enamelled over the glaze in famille rose colours, set with jades, coral and ivory.