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14 April 2011

Next Meeting Saturday, 7 May

Late 19th century earthenware drinking water jar, Thailand

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will take place on Saturday, 7 May, 5:30pm at the home of Sylvia Lu. Contact David Rehfuss for directions. Our speakers will be Louise Cort and Leedom Lefferts who will discuss their field research in mainland Southeast Asia on traditional earthenware and stoneware vessels for local and regional markets, “Pots and how they are made in Mainland Southeast Asia”. This session will be a potluck, when you RSVP (by replying to this email, or or 703 503 3195) please indicate what dish you will bring.

The late 19th century earthenware drinking water jar in the photo was made near Bangkok by a pottery-making family that still produces wares for Bangkok consumers. It is on display in the F|S exhibition “Taking Shape – Ceramics in Southeast Asia”.

Annual WOCG dues

Annual WOCG dues for 2011 of $10.00 are due. If you pay by check please make the payee “cash” or David Rehfuss, NOT the WOCG as my bank will not accept checks with that payee. Send your payment to David at 4321 Selkirk Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032 or pay at the next meeting.

Synopsis of the March 27 meeting

Walt Simmons guided the group through the spring 2011 rotation of the Simmons’ Japanese paintings. The theme was dragons and the paintings date from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Walt, who lived in Japan from 1947-1955, explained that he and his wife acquire paintings from auction houses, dealers in Europe, US and Japan, who often send pictures for their consideration. EBay is another source. To verify paintings’ authenticity Simmons studies the painters’ signatures.

The Simmons’ Japanese, Chinese and Korean ceramics were acquired in the immediate post-WW II period, mostly in Northeast Asia. Included in their collection are (1) a group of 19th-20th century Japanese Arita ware “Namban black ship” porcelains painted in the Imari palette of bright overglaze enamels and underglaze cobalt blue illustrating European trading ships of the 17th century and Dutchmen; and (2) good examples of Blanc de Chine/Fujian Dehua porcelain figurines. (3) Korean tea bowls, a matched pair of Northern Song bowls and a fine large 13th century Qingbai-glazed bowl comprise the third tranche. These ceramics form a very attractive counterpoint to the Simmons’ paintings.

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