Guided by a jolly cabin boy, you’ll travel the world on a ship owned by the Dutch East India Company in order to collect your treasures.
The action starts in Venice, in mid-18th century Italy. The young hero is the son of a well-known ceramics merchant. He’s expected to take over the business from his father, who’s intending to retire. But before that happens, his father has asked him to show he’s worthy of following in his footsteps by creating his own ceramics collection. So off he sets on a journey to various major ceramic production centres to assemble his collection. He travels first to Urbino, in Italy, to meet the skilled artists making the multicoloured Italian earthenware known as maiolica. Next, he voyages to the United Provinces, (now the Netherlands), to find out about Delftware and the remarkable improvements in the quality of earthenware. After meeting the director of the Dutch East India Company, the VOC, in Amsterdam, he heads off along the famous Silk Road, leading him to Iznik in Turkey, where he learns about the local ceramics. His path then takes him to China, to the imperial factory in Jingdezhen, where he comes across both “famille verte” (green family) and “famille rose” (pink family) porcelain. Afterwards, he sets sail for Japan to discover the Imari and Kakiemon styles of porcelain. He finally returns to Europe by sea, stopping on the way in Germany, where European porcelain was first made in the early 18th century, and then in France, to visit the royal manufactory of Sèvres.
This app will remain active without a set end date!
Available in English, on an iPad at the museum, or for download onto a phone.
For all visitors of 8 years and over - this app is enjoyed by adults and children alike!!!