About: Eric Hormell

I'm a database editor for the Getty Research Institute's Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance. Most recently I've been working on a project related to eighteenth-century British auction catalogs. I'm an art historian and a certified archivist, but I also have an undergraduate degree in fashion design, which has absolutely never come in handy. When I'm not at work, I'm usually watching House Hunters International. It's exhausting, but someone has to do it.

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Life Before eBay: British Art Auctions at the End of the 18th Century

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A major new project traces the rise of the British art market in the late 1700s. More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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