In this lecture, we will look at what made Chinese porcelain, and particularly blue and whites, so desirable during this time. We will then consider the various ways that we can understand Chinese porcelain historically, as it circulated around the globe, enticing audiences wherever it went. As you will see, Chinese porcelain was coveted from Amsterdam to Istanbul to Mexico City, so its impact was extraordinarily far reaching. Moreover, it inspired many imitations. Thus, Chinese porcelain encompasses a broad aesthetic legacy that extended far outside of the boundaries of China.
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