Chinese Ceramics


Spring 2013


5th Floor Classroom


Fran├žois Louis

This course provides an introduction to the his­tory of ceramic production and apprecia­tion in China. The focus is on fine stoneware and porcelain vessels dating from the ninth century to the present, but the course also familiarizes students with the important earthenware traditions— Neolithic vessels, tomb statuary, and archi­tectural ceramics. We will be concerned throughout this class with issues of consumption, col­lecting, and authentication. We also address the methods and limits of interpreting orna­ment on ceramic vessels and discuss tech­nological and stylistic innovation in light of economic and political changes. Some classes will be held in museums and one at the auction house. 3 credits. satisfies pre-1800 or non-Western requirement