The History of Chinese Porcelain in the West with Steven J. Chait, President, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

In celebration of our exhibition, Asian Treasures from the Billings Collection.

This illustrated talk examines the history of Chinese porcelain in the West from the mid-16th century through the early 19th century. Starting with the origins of porcelain as we know it today, Chait will look at decorative trends over time with examples drawn from the main styles associated with Chinese porcelain: Kraak ware, Blanc de Chine, Wucai, Famille Verte, and Famille Rose.

Steven J. Chait is president of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. in New York City. The gallery, founded by Steven’s grandfather, Ralph M. Chait, in 1910, is the oldest specialist dealing in fine antique Chinese porcelains and works of art in the United States. The gallery today works with early ceramics, hardstone carvings, scholar’s rocks, and China Trade objects. It maintains a special focus on Ming and Qing porcelains, both in Chinese and Western taste, with a strong emphasis on the Kangxi period and 18th century. The gallery is a long-time exhibitor at major antique fairs in the United States including the Winter Show, the Philadelphia Show, the Delaware Antiques Show, and the Nantucket Summer Antiques Show.


Thank you to our Exhibition Lead Corporate Sponsor

William Raveis Nantucket

With generous support from:

Julie Jensen Bryan & Robert Bryan
Susan Blount & Richard Bard
The H. L. Brown Jr. Family Foundation
Kaaren & Charles Hale
Franci Neely
Melinda & Paul Sullivan
Jason Tilroe

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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