At Bruce Museum: Unique history of Paris porcelain to be presented

The unique history of Paris porcelain will be presented at the Bruce Museum Nov. 12 at a meeting of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle, where Donna Corbin will provide a detailed lecture on the topic.

Ms. Corbin, the Louis C. Madeira IV Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will give an illustrated talk on the rich history of Paris porcelain, known to collectors as “Old Paris” or “Vieux Paris.”

As will be seen in Ms. Corbin’s presentation, the young and still raw United States was not immune to “Old Paris” finery. In 1778 George and Martha Washington served important banquets on pristine white French porcelain from Sèvres and other Paris factories.

According to the Bruce, “Now in holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, examples of the Washington Service show restraint, gilt embellished borders and accents only. In the 19th century, this simplicity gave way to the more lavish production and variety craved by trend makers. This was especially true in the antebellum south where objects by known Paris potters, such as Jacob Petit, were much coveted and took pride of place in richly appointed drawing rooms.”

Ms. Corbin is expected to amaze and delight attendees with an abundance of bright colors, rich gilding and decoration as the history of Paris porcelain in Europe and America is described. She has curated decorative arts exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and concurrently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The American Ceramic Circle. She is editor of The American Ceramic Circle Newsletter and has organized four symposia and six international trips for the organization.

The lecture fee for nonmembers is $20. Refreshments are included and served following the presentation.

For more information call 914-921-0621 or visit

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