Willemijn van Noord

Willemijn van Noord is Junior Curator for the Chinese collections at Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, the Netherlands. Her main research interests are Chinese art and material culture within global history, the role of material culture in representations and perceptions of China, and histories of collecting and display.


Willemijn received Bachelor degrees in both Archaeology and Chinese Studies from Leiden University. After finishing her Master in Sinology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), she worked as a trainee curator of Chinese collections at the British Museum and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery focusing on ceramics and glass. Thereafter she continued in Bristol as project curator for the permanent redisplay of the collection of Ming ceramics (1368-1644). She is currently finishing her PhD dissertation at the University of Amsterdam on the role of material culture in the development of images and ideas of China in the seventeenth-century Netherlands.

Selected publications

  • 2021. “Between script and ornament: Delftware decorated with pseudo-Chinese characters, 1660-1720,” Journal of Design History 34 (1), 2021, 1-20.
  • 2020. “De Van Gulik collectie in het Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen: Chinese schilderkunst, kalligrafie en scholars objects” [The Van Gulik collection in the National Museum of World Cultures: Chinese painting, calligraphy and scholars objects], Aziatische Kunst 20 (2), 2020, 13-21.
  • 2020. “The ‘unhappie ruines’ of Mary II’s lacquer screen: Constantijn Huygens’ plea to preserve a Chinese artefact, 1685-1686” in T. Weststeijn (ed.) Foreign Devils and Philosophers: Cultural Encounters between the Chinese, the Dutch, and Other Europeans, 1590-1800, Brill, Boston & Leiden (2020), 148-204.
  • 2019. “Nigulasi Weitesen cang Zhongguo Han jing de quanqiu liuchuan guiji 尼古拉斯·维特森藏中国汉镜的全球流传轨迹” (trans. Yang Jin 杨瑾 ), Minzushi wencong 民族史文丛 (Collection of Ethnic History Studies) 1 (1), 2019, 67-96. Chinese translation of: W. van Noord & T. Weststeijn. “The Global Trajectory of Nicolaas Witsen’s Chinese Mirror.” The Rijksmuseum Bulletin 63 (4), 2015, 324-361.
  • 2018. “Nicolaes Witsen’s Chinese mirror and the logistics of translating Han dynasty seal-script at the turn of the 18th century” in T. de Graaf, W.  Honselaar, et. al. (eds.) The fascination with Inner Eurasian languages in the 17th century: The Amsterdam mayor Nicolaas Witsen and his collection of ‘Tartarian’ vocabularies and scripts, Pegasus, Amsterdam (2018), 579-602.


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