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Rienzi Gallery Talk “Charles IV Proclamation Platter”

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions

On the third Thursday of each month, Rienzi highlights a great work of art in the Rienzi Collection. Gallery Talks are given by Museum curators, conservators, educators, and librarians.

Speaker: Caroline Cole, curatorial assistant, Rienzi
In keeping with the fall theme of a “Transatlantic World,” Rienzi’s first gallery talk of the season focuses on the Charles IV Proclamation Platter, the provenance of which covers three continents and a dizzying history of cultural exchange.
The Spanish in Mexico were the first to import porcelains to the Americas, and as early as the 16th century, trading ships brought Chinese goods to Colonial Mexican settlers. The story of Chinese porcelain exported to Mexico has been largely underreported, but it is nevertheless a long and rich history. This large platter, made in China to commemorate the ascension of a Spanish king in the New World, represents the vast breadth and sophistication of international market trade in the 18th century.  
Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged. Please call 713.639.7800.

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; the Brown Foundation, Inc.; Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment for Rienzi.