The Reeves Center Collection of Chinese Export porcelain, numbering almost three thousand objects, is one of the largest. On permanent display in the Reeves Center for the Research and Exhibition of Porcelain and Paintings at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, the collection is built around the more than eighteen hundred pieces of export porcelain given to the University in 1967 by Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves of Providence, Rhode Island.
Spanning three centuries of the China trade, the collection features representative examples of export porcelain made to order for the Portuguese, Spanish, Ducth, English, French and American markets - including services owned by or associated with George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Color plates of more than 280 objects from the collection are included in this catalogue, each accompanied by a full technical description, information concerning form and design, and relevant references. The volume also contains chapter introductions, a chronology of dynasties and reigns, a bibliography, and an index. The Reeves Center is a rich resource, as David S. Howard writes in the preface, for "all those who value the history, commercial acumen, painstaking art, and sheer romance of Chinese export porcelain.".
Published by Third Millennium Publishing Limited, London, 2003
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