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Patterns of Cultural
Look at Web sites
and involve the class in discussion about the influence and similarities
in Talavera and other decorative arts influences.
- Native (not a
lot of painting-type decoration, but lots of sculptural influences.)
- Look for early
Mexican evidence of patterning- look through different artifacts,
and discuss the surface treatment.
- Mexico: Splendors
of Thirty Centuries
- Look at the web
sites following and look for different approaches to decorating the
Compare to platter
and pear shaped bottle, also to Talavera
- Look at the variety
of traditional Chinese blue and white on this page http://plaza16.mbn.or.jp/~chuwado/index-e.html
Which of the items are similar in pattern to the pieces from the Franz
Do any of the Talavera items look similar to any of these patterns?
- Roll your mouse
to reveal Chinese blue and white in a charming setting complete with
- An easy to understand
overview of Chinese Ming blue and white, along with patterning descriptions
and close ups of examples. Also introduces the Islamic (Moorish) influence
into Chinese art.
- Discuss with
the students the geometric, non-representational art style
- Compare to Talavera
- ask if the students see any of this type of decoration in the Franz
- Web sites
Who else was
influenced by the beauty of Chinese porcelain?
- Decree of palette
by Puebla Guild (For a time, the potters were required to use certain
colors, to maintain consistency of products).
- Variations emerging
- not just like the old culture, but a new style, borrowed
- Look at the virtual
tour in the Bayou Bend website - Look for evidence of Chinese
influence in ceramics that are in the Bayou Bend rooms.
Note: the same as with the blue and white platter in the Franz
Mayer collection, not everything seen in the Bayou Bend rooms is really
Chinese porcelain. (The vases you see on the tall chest in the Pine
room are actually Delftware, from Holland. It was more affordable
than real Chinese porcelain.)
- Look at Delftware
- Which ones
look the most like the ones in the Pine Room
- Delft patterns
to Chinese Porcelain
- Delft patterns
to the Talavera platter pattern
reasons for the differences
not Delftware, is seen in the Bayou Bend dining room.