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The ceramics in the Drexel Founding Collection range from Chinese export porcelain, with a few notable pieces including a 12th–13th century Yaozhou celadon dish to Sèvres porcelain tea and dinner sets made for Louis Phillippe and Napoleon III. Several of the earliest acquisitions, purchased by Drexel Institute’s first president, James MacAlister, included tin-glazed earthenware and lustreware from the Middle East and Pre-Columbian blackware pieces from the Chimu Culture.

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