Although Spain was one of the main commercial and colonial powers of the Modern Age, its role in the circulation of Chinese export porcelain was far from being very clear.
The present work, which examines the reception of pieces of this kind during the reign of the Habsburgs, is therefore intended to fill an important gap. Together with lacquered objects and exotica, porcelain circulated throughout the Spanish Empire, passing through the Americas, but until now there had been no record of the pieces that reached the Spanish market. However, Krahe reconstructs the journey of this porcelain ware from southern China, analyzing what it was like, how it was displayed and stored, to what uses it was put and how it was valued in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Based on thorough archival research, a systematic survey of archaeological discoveries, a rich documentary corpus and a great deal of illustrations, the author provides an insight into a hitherto unknown aspect, opening up new perspectives for historians, art historians, and historians of material culture and taste. Cinta Krahe, who holds a Master's degree in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London, earned a doctorate from Leiden University and has been teaching for many years as an expert on decorative arts of East Asia. She was in charge of cataloging the porcelain of the galleon San Diego for the Museo Naval in Madrid and one of the organisers of the exhibition Orientando la mirada: arte asiático en las colecciones públicas madrileñas (Madrid, 2009). She is a member of the research group Arts of Asia (Complutense University of Madrid), and has participated in numerous university seminars, lectures and courses accross europe.
Published by Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2016 | Hardcover
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