Sotheby’s Senior Vice President, Director of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Christina Prescott-Walker visits the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto.

TORONTO - How do you learn all about Jingdezhen, the most important centre of porcelain production in China from the 13th century to the present day?  By listening to Christina Prescott-Walker’s recent lecture at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto.

As Director of the Chinese Works of Art Department of our New York office, Christina delivered a very informative talk titled For the Emperor and For Export: A Survey of Seven Centuries of Blue and White Porcelain, which was linked to the Gardiner’s current exhibition The Vase Project: Made in China, Landscape in Blue. Christina’s talk was illustrated by one example after another of vases of different shapes, of dishes and flasks, all executed in cobalt blue against a white background glaze. Porcelain produced at Jingdezhen was not only highly priced locally, but coveted in the West, and rooms of the aristocratic houses of Europe were filled to the brim with Jingdezhen porcelain. To this day, lampposts, signage and even trash bins are all made in blue and white ceramic.

Christina Prescott-Walker speaking at the Gardiner museum in Toronto.

Each piece that Christina showed during her lecture, as well as those exhibited at the Gardiner, is truly a tribute to the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and artistic spirit of the Chinese.  
Sotheby’s International specialists visit Canada regularly to deliver fascinating talks on their areas of expertise. To listen to Impressionist Specialists’ Molly Ott Ambler and Elizabeth Gorayeb’s talk at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Picasso and the Art Market, click here.

More lectures coming to Toronto soon... stay tuned!