Va historic area explores colonial consumerism

  • Associated Press
  • April 14, 2014 - 9:05 AM

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A new exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg is showcasing a variety of Chinese porcelain available in colonial America and exploring consumerism during the 18th century.

Officials say the display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum dispels a popular belief that colonial Virginians had limited access to the trappings of fashionable ceramics.

The exhibit includes 70 objects owned by a broad cross-section of the public, including tradesmen, merchants and wealthy landowners.

It focuses on artifacts recovered during archaeological excavations in the historic area and then moves to include Virginia and the eastern seaboard.

The exhibit also provides an overview of European trade with China, how the porcelain was made and trade routes that were used. It will remain on view through 2015.

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