• Date and time: Monday 21 January 2019, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to all
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

History of Art Research Seminar Series

In association with York Islamic Art Circle

The colourful mina’i ware ceramics, produced in Iran in the eleventh and early twelfth centuries and featuring overglaze enamel figural painting, were virtually unknown prior to the last decades of the nineteenth century. However, by the 1930s almost every major museum, private collection, exhibition and publication concerning Islamic art featured large numbers of increasingly perfect examples. Through the prism of one class of Islamic ceramics, this talk examines the complex relationship between the commercial, scholarly and institutional worlds, as well as the intersection of politics and art prior to the Second World War. After an introduction to the wares themselves, it will be seen how these often heavily repaired and overpainted items became some of the most prized possessions in the leading private collections and public museums in Europe and North America, as well as Russia, Japan and Iran.

The talk concludes with a study of the levels, as well as methods, of restoration and reconstruction that saw bits of various broken vessels found in clandestine excavations transformed into seemingly perfect museum quality pieces.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop