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Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 19:30

China Trade Porcelain

Björn Gremner

Owner and Director,


Embassy of Sweden 

Ruidian Dashiguan
3, Dongzhimenwai Dajie


In the 16th century, Portuguese traders began importing late Ming dynasty blue and white porcelain to Europe, resulting in the growth of trade in Kraak porcelain (named after the Portuguese ships called carracks) or what we now call Chinese export porcelain.

Mr. Björn Gremner, a frequent lecturer on Chinese porcelain in Scandinavia and guest on the popular Swedish television program "Antikrundan" -- the Swedish version of the English "Antiques Roadshow" – will speak on the extensive shipments of porcelain to reach the European market via the East India trade, and the history connected to that trade. He will also show and discuss important porcelain objects that travelled from Canton to Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries.

BIS members are invited to bring Chinese porcelain objects to this lecture for Mr. Gremner to review, with a limit of one piece per member and a reminder that his expertise is in Chinese export porcelain. Porcelain may be presented to Mr. Gremner from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. although due to time constraints, it is possible that not all pieces will be examined.