17th century

Past Exhibition: 17th-Century Chinese Porcelains

Detail of Chinese porcelain piece depicting four figures and a tree.
17th-Century Chinese Porcelains from the Butler Family Collection
June 26, 1990 to August 19, 1990

A major exhibition of 142 pieces, ranging from bowls to wine pots, dishes, jars, vases, and a figurine, the exhibition provided a survey of some of the finest porcelain produced in China during the so-called Transitional Period between 1620 and 1683. The pieces in the exhibition were selected from over 600 objects collected over several decades by retired British diplomat Sir Michael Butler.