Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences

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Ms W.J.L. (Willemijn) van Noord MA

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis
  • Visiting address
    BG 2
    Turfdraagsterpad 15  Room number: 3.02
  • Postal address:
    Turfdraagsterpad  15
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
  • W.J.L.vanNoord@uva.nl

Willemijn van Noord is a PhD candidate in the Art History department. Her research focuses on the reception of Chinese objects in the Low Countries during the long seventeenth century, and is part of the larger interdisciplinary project entitled 'The Chinese Impact: Images and Ideas of China in the Dutch Golden Age' funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). So far, her case-studies include:

- A Han dynasty bronze mirror in the collection of Nicolaes Witsen

- Delftware ceramics decorated with pseudo-Chinese characters

- Dutch tin-glazed tiles decorated with Chinese figures

- A coromandel lacquer screen in the collection of Mary Stuart

- The presence of Chinese script in both Dutch and Chinese books and prints



  • van Noord, W., & Weststeijn, T. (2015). The Global Trajectory of Nicolaas Witsen’s Chinese Mirror. The Rijksmuseum Bulletin, 63(4), 325-361. [details] 


  • van Noord, W. J. L. (2017). Book review: Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500-1644 by Teresa Canepa. Newsletter - The Oriental Ceramic Society, 25, 27-28.
  • van Noord, W. J. L. (2017). Verbeeldingen van Chinezen op zeventiende-eeuwse wandtegels. In T. Weststeijn, & M. Jonker (Eds.), Barbaren & Wijsgeren: Het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw (pp. 83-89). Nijmegen: Vantilt.


  • van Noord, W. (2016). [Review of: T. Mostert & J. van Campen (2015) Silk Thread: China and the Netherlands from 1600]. Newsletter - The Oriental Ceramic Society, 24, 36-37. [details] 


  • van Noord, W. J. L. (2015). 'Asia > Amsterdam: Luxury in the Golden Age,' an Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum [Review of: K.H. Corrigan, et al. (2015) Asia in Amsterdam : the culture of luxury in the Golden Age]. Newsletter - The Oriental Ceramic Society, 23, 30-31.
  • van Noord, W. J. L. (2015). Book review: How to Read Chinese Ceramics by Denise Patry Leidy. Newsletter - The Oriental Ceramic Society, 23, 33-34.


  • van Noord, W. (2016). British Museum Future Curators Legacy Funding.

Scientific position

  • van Noord, W. (2016-2018). Member of the Education Committee of the Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst (VVAK: Dutch Society of Friends of Asian Art, the Rijksmuseum, (…), Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst (VVAK).
  • van Noord, W. (2014-2019). Council Member. Responsible for organizing tours of Asian collections in Europe (e.g. the Netherlands, France, Sweden), contributing to the (…), The Oriental Ceramic Society.

Talk / presentation

  • van Noord, W. (invited speaker) (30-9-2017). Delfts aardewerk en Chinees Overgansporselein’ [Delftware and Chinese Transitional Porcelain], the Dutch Association for the Friends of Asian Art (VVAK)’s Annual Ceramics Meeting, Amsterdam.
  • van Noord, W. (speaker) (18-5-2017). Het karakter van China: fascinatie met Chinees schrift in de zeventiende eeuw, Show me China, Den Haag, Netherlands.
  • van Noord, W. (speaker) (10-5-2017). China-beelden op tin-glazuur tegels, SPUI 25 Lezingenavond , Amsterdam.
  • van Noord, W. (speaker) (14-3-2017). "Quand vous voudriez pour ma ruine, me traicter en Escran de Chine": Constantijn Huygens' pleidooi voor Mary II's Chinese lakscherm [Constantijn Huygens plea for Mary II’s Chinese lacquer screen], Colloquium Gouden Eeuw, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • van Noord, W. (speaker) (14-2-2017). Dutch reflections in Chinese mirrors: interpreting China in the Netherlands through encounters with inscribed Chinese artifacts, 1680-1720, The Forum for Creativity Symposium Knowledge and Arts on the Move, Sendai, Japan.
  • van Noord, W. (invited speaker) (8-9-2016). China’s character: fascination with Chinese script in the 17th century Netherlands, Entangled Cultural Histories. Encounters between China and Europe, 1600-1900., Shanghai, China.
  • van Noord, W. (speaker) (25-8-2016). ‘“One of the greatest antiquities that we have here from those lands” : interpreting inscribed Han dynasty mirrors from Siberian burials in early eighteenth-century Europe’, 21st Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, St Petersburg, Russian Federation.
  • van Noord, W. (invited speaker) (18-7-2016). From Future Curator to PhD Researcher, Museums and Heritage Traineeships: What Next? , London, United Kingdom.
  • van Noord, W. (invited speaker) (28-5-2016). China materialised? The reception of Chinese material culture in the seventeenth-century Netherlands, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums.
  • van Noord, W. (invited speaker) (10-3-2016). Delftware with pseudo-Chinese characters, Cosmopolis seminar, Leiden, Netherlands.


  • van Noord, W. (organiser), Lambooy, S. (organiser) & Kluver, S. (organiser) (18-5-2017). Show me China, Den Haag, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • van Noord, W. (organiser) (10-5-2017). SPUI 25 Lezingenavond, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • van Noord, W. (organiser), Gerritsen, A. (organiser) & van den Berg, E. (organiser) (26-11-2016). VVAK International Student Symposium on Asian Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands. On Saturday November 26th 2016 the VVAK (Dutch Asian Art Society) organised its first International Graduate Student Symposium on Asian Art at the (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • The Oriental Ceramic Society
    Council member

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