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Friends of Decorative Arts: Chinese Porcelain in Dutch Paintings


The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level Museum membership.

 FODA programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm during season. Non-FODA members can attend for $5, plus MFA admission.


Examples of Chinese blue-and-white porcelains appeared in great numbers of European paintings beginning in 16th Europe. In subsequent centuries, imported Chinese porcelains grew in popularity throughout the European. Jason Steuber, Cofrin Curator of Asian Art at the Harn Museum of Art, will discuss what these porcelains, as depicted in Dutch paintings, can tell us about socio-political, cultural and commercial trade of the 17th and 18th centuries using examples from the exhibition A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection.


Image Credit:

Floris Claesz. van Dyck (Dutch, 1575-1651), A Still Life of Luxuries, n.d., oil on oak panel

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Museum of Fine Arts – Bayview Room

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