Gugong Museum: GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANGPIN DAXI: TAOCI BIAN 21: QING SHUNZHI KANGXI (YI). Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Ceramics 21: Qing: Shunzhi and Kangxi (I). Gugong Bowuyuan Cangpin Daxi. Beijing, 2013. 8, 326 pp. Full page colour plates throughout. 200 small colour text plates. 38x27 cm. Cloth.
Volume 21 of a beautifully-produced large format series showing the highly-important Chinese ceramics collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing. An in-depth and representative survey. This volume is Part I of an as yet unspecified number showing ceramics produced during the early Qing dynasty reigns of the Shunzhi and Kangxi emperors and is entirely comprised of blue-and-white examples. All the 200 ceramics (55 Shunzhi and 145 Kangxi) are illustrated in full page colour plates and with some pieces also shown in close-up detail. Many superb pieces. The smaller objects are shown life-size, the larger ones life-size or near life-size. This allows true and full appreciation of these marvellous objects. It is also worth noting that all the material is from the former Chinese imperial collection. Dual texts in Chinese and English, including list of plates and captions to plates.
Comparison with the work: 'Qing Shunzhi Kangxi Chao Qinghua Ci' (Qing Dynasty Blue-and-White Porcelain from the Shunzhi and Kangxi Reigns), a fine work published by the Gugong Museum, shows that there is some duplication with works shown here but this work contains much unpublished material and also different views of pieces published in the previous work. A fine addition to the literature on the subject. Recommended.
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 56 in printed List 188.
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