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Mr. William R. Sargent

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Curator, Asian Export Art

Email: w***@***.org
Local Address:  Boston , Massachusetts , United States
Peabody Essex Museumn

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , fine arts
    Massachusetts College of Art
  • master's degree , art history
    Marshall University
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William R. Sargent, Curator, Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
San Francisco Ceramic Circle 7/11/2002 program : William Sargent , Ceramic Production in Jingdezhen, 11 July 2002 [cached]
William Sargent
Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
About the lecturer: William Sargent joined the staff of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem in 1978 and became Curator of Asian Export Art in 1992. Founded in 1799 the Peabody Essex Museum is the oldest continuously operating museum in the USA and, with over 18,000 objects, has the most comprehensive Asian export art collection in the world. He has spent over 20 years with the museum researching and cataloging the collection and interpreting it through special exhibitions. He has written two books, published numerous articles and has lectured extensively on all aspects of the Asian trade.
PEM | Treasures from Chatsworth « Press, 14 Aug 2004 [cached]
William R. Sargent, PEM Curator of Asian Export Art, is coordinating curator for the museum's presentation of Treasures From Chatsworth.
clayart - thread 'chinese clayart newsletter 05. terra-cotta warriors,', 12 Jan 2001 [cached]
William Sargent, Peabody Essex Museum Curator of Asian Export Art, has written and lectured extensively on all aspects of Asian trade decorative arts. During the symposium he will give slide presentations and conduct collection tours.
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William Sargent, Peabody Essex Museum
William Sargent will explain the origins and techniques of reverse paintings on glass. He will investigate the presence of Chinese eglomisé paintings in the colonial period and the exportation of iconic American images in the Federal period, and later. Mr. Sargent will provide the context for reverse paintings on glass by source images, national pride and the display of these paintings in American homes.
Bill Sargent graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. After serving in the United States Navy, he became a curator for the Huntington Art Museum in landlocked West Virginia. He also earned a master's degree in art history from Marshall University while working in West Virginia. Mr. Sargent spent the next 32 years in progressively more responsible curatorial positions for the China Trade Museum as it became integrated into the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts.
Mr. Sargent's publications include American Art: From the Limners to The Eight (1976); Contemporary Printmaking (1977); The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures (1991); Views of the Pearl River Delta: Macao, Canton and Hong Kong (1996); and Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum (2012). He also contributed "A Porcelain Menagerie: Chinese and Japanese Ceramics from the Copeland Collection" to The Magazine Antiques (January 1992). Bill Sargent spoke to the Forum about "Inspiration and Imitation: Chinese Influences on American Decorative Arts and Architecture" in 2002.
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