Fired to Last: The Global Reach of Chinese Export Porcelain

Círculo Eça de Queiroz, Lisbon,  Portugal
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jorge Welsh Research & Publishing is proud to host the conference
Fired to Last. the Global Reach of Chinese Export Porcelain.

This conference brings together six scholars to discuss the prolific production of Chinese export wares, the historical and geopolitical context of Europe and Asia at the time, contemporary collectors and some of the great collections still in existence and how these global cultural encounters and trade influenced society at large becoming an important factor in shaping the Modern World. This conference also coincides with the launch of Volume IV of The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics, a collection of cross cultural works of art that includes what is considered the most comprehensive and relevant collection of Chinese export porcelain at the present time.


Jorge Santos Alves — Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Oriental Studies Institute, and Coordinator of the MA in Asian Studies at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon
Yupin Chung — Curator, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
Ronald Fuchs II — Curator of Ceramics and Manager of the Reeves Center, Washington & Lee University, Lexington
Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos — Director of Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Director of Museu da Presidência da República, Lisbon
William Sargent — Independent Curator, USA
Cora Würmell — Curator for the Japanese and Chinese Porcelain collections of the Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden



09:30  Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome address

10:15 – 10:45 Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos – A Journey Abroad. The Impact of Chinese Porcelain in Portugal and Spain

10:45 – 11:15 William Sargent – A World of Vivid Brilliancy: Understanding Chinese Export Ceramics through Visual and Literary Records

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:15 Yupin Chung – Reflections on Chinese Export Porcelain in the Burrell Collection

12:15 – 12:45 Discussion

12:45 Lunch break

14:15 – 14:45 Jorge Santos Alves – Asia and Europe were not one. Cultural Encounters between Asians and Europeans in the Early Modern World

14:45 – 15:15 Ronald Fuchs II – Chinese Export Porcelain, the China Trade, and the Creation of an Interconnected World

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15 Cora Würmell – Collecting Chinese Porcelain in the Early 18th Century. The Royal Collection of Augustus the Strong

16:15  Discussion

Conference Dinner

The conference will close with a private visit and dinner at the Fundação Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon.

19h30 Private visit to the collection
20h30 Dinner

Venue: Fundação Medeiros e Almeida. Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, nº 6. 1250-167 Lisboa

The Medeiros e Almeida Foundation House Museum, founded by the entrepeneur and philanthropist António Medeiros e Almeida (1895-1986), consists of 27 galleries showing important decorative arts including Chinese ceramics and export porcelain, Portuguese and French furniture, Dutch and Flemish paintings, 19th century English portraits, English silver, jewellery and tapestries.