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One-Day Seminar in association with the East Asia Research Seminar, SOAS University of London

  • 29 Apr 2020
  • 09:30 - 17:30
  • Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3RB
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The Anglo-Portuguese Society presents

Chinese Porcelain in the Iberian Peninsula, 16th-18th Centuries:

An Archaeological Perspective on Trade and Consumption

in association with the East Asia Research Seminar, SOAS University of London

image: Blue-and-white bowl with gold leaf applied over the glaze. Church of Santa María de los Corporales, Daroca, Zaragoza

Chinese porcelain shards in Habsburg Spain’

Wednesday 29 April 2020


Mary Sumner House

24 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3RB

This one-day seminar will debate the trade of Chinese porcelain in the Iberian Peninsula, to understand some of the first interactions that occurred between the East and West in Early Modern period and discuss the way these early imports were consumed, while exploring their social, economic, cultural and symbolic importance. 

image: Blue-and-white armorial ewer with Iranian silver mounts. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Ming porcelain made to order for the Iberian market in the 16th and early 17th centuries’


Beth Gardiner

Beth Gardiner is an independent researcher based in London, where she is on the Council of the Oriental Ceramic Society and the co-editor of the Society’s Newsletter. She completed her Masters in Art History from Sotheby’s Institute in London. Her current research is on the 1558 shipwreck of the Espadarte off the coast of Mozambique. She published her first article on early 17th century Chinese porcelain discovered in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North America. 

Teresa Canepa

Teresa Canepa is an independent researcher and lecturer in Chinese and Japanese export art, and is currently member of the Council of the Oriental Ceramic Society in London and co-editor of the Society's Newsletter. She completed a PhD in Art History at Leiden University, The Netherlands, and is author of Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500-1644 (Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2016); and Jingdezhen to the World: The Lurie Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Late Ming Dynasty (Ad Ilissvm, London, 2019). She has published a number of articles and lectured widely on these subjects. 

Tânia Casimiro

Tânia Casimiro’s research focuses on early modern period global contacts of people and objects. On the more theoretical level, she deals with frameworks concerning how people and objects interact in the formation of identities, and how can they reflect global contacts. Although she has worked and published sites and collections from the Iron Age through to the 20th century, her major area of research is medieval and post-medieval archaeology (8th-20th centuries). This vast chronology has allowed her to observe and develop frameworks and methodologies for interpreting long-term structural changes in social and cultural structures.

She holds a research and teaching position at NOVA University of Lisbon. She has published 138 articles and book chapters, three books, and three edited books, organized 12 conferences (currently she is organizing the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in Lisbon in 2021, the third time outside North America and the first time in a non-English speaking country), and has given 102 talks in conferences (both invited and by call).

She was awarded the first PhD grant in Post-Medieval Archaeology in Portugal by FCT (2006), one Fulbright scholarship (2011), and two FCT postdoctoral fellowships (2012-2015 and 2016-2019). She was the first female PhD in Historical Archaeology in Portugal and the first dealing with the subject of globalization in archaeology.

She supervised the excavation of over 20 archaeological sites and studied collections from more than 50 sites supervised by other archaeologists. This has given her the experience to deal with collections and conduct work in archaeological archives. She combines empirical experience as a field archaeologist and material culture specialist using current theoretical debates.

José Pedro Henriques

José Pedro Henriques is an archaeologist working in Portugal, mostly in the grater Lisbon area. Since his first years as a student he developed an interest in Eastern ceramics, especially Chinese porcelain found on urban areas. He was the first archaeologist in Portugal to present and publish a paper exclusively about porcelain from archaeological contexts (2011), when he presented the results of the eastern objects found in one of the most important Early Modern palaces in Lisbon. This research has become a reference in Portugal among archaeologists. Since then other papers were published, especially focusing in 16th and 17th century archaeological contexts and how Chinese porcelain was an everyday commodity in early modern Portuguese households.

Telma Tavares

Telma Tavares is a master student at NOVA University of Lisbon. She is developing her dissertation about the consumption of porcelain in Almada, a small city south of Lisbon where these commodities have been found in contexts from the early 16th to the early 19th century. This will permit to understand more than 300 years of eastern ceramics consumption not in a major capital but in a smaller scale urban centre. She has recently published a paper about the import of kinrande into Portugal during the early modern age. 

Cinta Krahe 

Cinta Krahe holds a PhD in Art History from Leiden University (2014), an M.A in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (1990), University of London, and a B.A in Art History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1988)She teaches “East Asian Decorative Arts and Material Culture” at the Universidad de Alcalá (2003-20) and the Universidad Nebrija (2011-2020), Madrid; she was one of the curators of the exhibition Orientando la Mirada. Arte Asiático en colecciones públicas madrileñas (Madrid, 2009) and was also in charge of cataloguing the Chinese porcelain salvaged from the San Diego galleon in the Naval Museum, Madrid. She is a member of the research group Arts of Asia (Complutense University of Madrid) and is author of Chinese Porcelain in Habsburg Spain (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2016) and La China Imperial (1506-1795), (Editorial Síntesis, 2017). Her current line of research is focused in the study of Chinese porcelain in the paintings of the Prado Museum for the forthcoming edition of the book “Ceramics in the Paintings of Prado National Museum” and in the study of the Chinese and Japanese porcelain collection of Queen Isabella Farnese (1692-1766) in the palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia. She has published a number of articles and has participated in numerous seminars, lectures and courses in different universities around the world.



09:30 am
Opening remarks

Chair: Beth Mckillop (President of the Oriental Ceramic Society, London)

  10:00 am

Teresa Canepa and Beth Gardiner (London)

Ming porcelain from the Portuguese shipwreck Espadarte (1558)

10:30 am

José Pedro Henriques and Tânia Manuel Casimiro (Lisbon)

Ming porcelain in Lisbon (1500-1755). Trade and consumption

11:00 am

Telma Tavares (Lisbon)

The big picture. Chinese porcelain in Almada (16th-18th centuries)

11:30 am

José Pedro Henriques (Lisbon)

Rise and fall. Ming porcelain in one Portuguese domestic context during the first half of the 17th century

12:00 pm
Q&A 12:30 pm


1:00 pm

Chair: Stacey Pierson (Senior Lecturer in the Department of the History of Art)

Cinta Krahe (Madrid)

Chinese porcelain shards in Habsburg Spain

2:00 pm

Teresa Canepa (London)

Ming porcelain made to order for the Iberian market in the 16th and early 17th centuries

2:30 pm

Tânia Manuel Casimiro (Lisbon)

Made in Portugal: Counterfeit Lisbon ‘porcelain’ (1570-1700)

3:00 pm
Q&A 3:30 pm
Closing Remarks 4:00 pm
Coffee/Tea 4:30-5:30 pm

An optional catered lunch will be provided:

Seasonal Meat, Fish & Vegetarian Sandwiches

Hand Cooked Potato Crisps

Fruit and Cake Platter

Fruit Juice and Water

£11 (please confirm when registering for this seminar)

in association with

The Anglo-Portuguese Society is  a registered Charity

in England and Wales (No. 313589)

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