Gugong Museum: GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANG YUZHI SHI TAOCIQI. Poem and Porcelain: The Yu Zhi Shi Ceramics in the Palace Museum. Beijing, 2017. 353 pp. Full page colour plates throughout. 29x29 cm. Boards.
A landmark work focussing on Chinese ceramics bearing poems with imperial calligraphy. The large majority of the calligraphy is that of the Qianlong emperor.
First shown are 21 examples incised with the Qianlong emperor's calligraphy. These comprise 13 Song wares, 6 Ming examples imitating Song ceramics, 1 Kangxi piece and one Qianlong imitation of Song guan ware. These are followed by 71 Qianlong period ceramics with poems in the emperor's calligraphy incorporated as part of the design. Thereafter come 14 examples from the Jiaqing reign, either bearing poems in the Jiaqing emperor's calligraphy or imitating Qianlong's calligraphy. The final 5 pieces shown are zisha wares from the Qianlong reign bearing calligraphic inscriptions.
A total of 112 superb ceramics, the Qianlong pieces truly demonstrating the virtuosity and technical achievements of ceramics production during his reign. Of especial note is a Qianlong set of small ceramic plaques produced in the form of four books showing the complete illustration of scenes (and accompanying texts) from the Gengzhi Tu (Pictures of Tilling and Weaving), an edition of which was printed during the Qianlong reign. All examples are illustrated in colour, in multiple views (including close-up detail), basemarks shown and many shown actual size or near actual size.
A very interesting contribution that sheds much light on imperial connoisseurship, ceramic achievements and the literati pursuits of the Qianlong emperor.
Contents, list of plates and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese.
Available, as of: 21/09/2017
Was item 5 in printed List 188.
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