Export V. Exported: A Closer Look at Kangxi Era Porcelain

Jeffrey Stamen, Senior Executive and Entrepreneur
Kangxi Famille Verte Monteith
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Panelists/Speakers: Jeffrey Stamen

“Export V. Exported: A Closer Look at Kangxi Era Porcelains” by Jeffrey Stamen. Jeffrey Stamen has been collecting, exhibiting and lecturing on Kangxi porcelain for over 30 years. He was a senior executive and entrepreneur in the computer software industry.

The lecture is in conjunction with a recent publication written by Jeffrey Stamen and Cynthia Volk, A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection.

Starting in the mid-eighteenth century, it generally is fairly easy to tell which Chinese porcelains were made for export, for the domestic market, or for the imperial court. However, looking back to the earlier Kangxi reign, the distinctions are much less clear. This has resulted in many domestic, and even imperial pieces, being misattributed as export. This lecture will explore what is meant by the term ‘export’ in relation to Kangxi period porcelains as applied in the early Qing dynasty, during the ‘golden age’ of Western collectors of the late 19 th and early 20 th century, and today.