It's easy to think of globalization as a new invention, but it really has its roots in the 16th century. Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator Dennis Carr talks to us about Asian influences on art in the colonial Americas thanks to this global trade.
Englishman John Bartlam started a ceramics factory in Cain Hoy, South Carolina, in the mid-1700s. His work combined Italian soft-paste porcelain techniques, English and Chinese visual elements, and fine white clay from South Carolina. John Bartlam was active in South Carolina from about 1763 to 1781, and this soft-paste porcelain teabowl is from about 1765-1770. (Anonymous loan, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)