Gugong Museum: MINGDAI YUYAO CIQI: JINGDEZHEN YUYAO YIZHI CHUTU YU GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANG CHUANSHI HONGZHI ZHENGDE CIQI DUIBI. Imperial Porcelains from the Reign of Hongzhi and Zhengde in the Ming Dynasty: A Comparison of Porcelains from the Imperial Kiln Site at Jingdezhen and Imperial Collection of the Palace Museum. Beijing, 2017. 725 pp. Full page colour plates throughout. Colour text plates. 2 vols. 29x29 cm. Boards.
Large and weighty two-volume catalogue produced to accompany an important exhibition at the Gugong Museum in Beijing showing the ceramics of the Hongzhi and Zhengde reigns of the Ming dynasty plus a few later imitations.
The exhibition showed a total of 339 exhibits and included both excavated and reconstructed ceramics from the Jingdezhen imperial kiln sites juxtaposed (for purposes of comparison) with similar superb perfect examples (many related in design and decoration to the Jingdezhen pieces) in the collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing and thus the former Chinese imperial collection. Volume one covers the Hongzhi reign and volume two the Zhengde period. Also included are a number of examples from later dates in the Ming and Qing dynasties imitating the wares of these two reigns. A wide variety of ceramics are shown - blue-and-white, underglaze red, monochromes and polychromes. Of particular interest are a number of ceramics from the Zhengde reign bearing Islamic writing.
All examples illustrated in full page colour, many in multiple views, including bases and basemarks. Prefaces, lists of contents, lists of plates, brief abstracts to essays and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese. An excellent visual and research reference.
This is the third exhibition in a series of presentations of porcelains of the Ming dynasty, being an ongoing collaboration between the Jingdezhen Ceramics Research Institute and the Gugong Museum in Beijing.
Subjects: Ceramics Archaeology
Available, as of: 20/05/2019
Was item 349 in printed List 195.
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