Gugong Museum: GUGONG JINGDIAN: GUGONG XUAN TONGQI TUDIAN. Xuan Copperware in the Palace Museum Collection. 故宮經典 : 故宮宣銅器圖典. Beijing, 2020. 315 pp. Colour plates throughout, a good number full page. 29x29 cm. Boards.
GBP 150.00
An excellent work showing 172 of these coveted 'xuan style' bronze incense burners in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing. The large majority are from the former imperial collection of the Qing dynasty emperors. All to a very high quality. What is astonishing is how many of the burners - practically all - are later in date than the Ming Xuande reign, dating from later in the Ming dynasty and on through the entirety of the Qing dynasty. Some bear basemarks from later Ming reigns (particularly Chongzhen) and also Qing reigns, mainly Yongzheng and Qianlong. Demonstrates how extensively these 'xuan style' burners were copied and collected - even at the highest level!
 All illustrated in colour, many in multiple views and all basemarks shown. Descriptions accompany. Many of the burners are shown life-size or slightly larger than life. Much previously-unpublished material. List of contents, introduction, list of plates, brief descriptions and captions to plates plus postscript in English. Main text in Chinese.
 A work of much merit for research and a significant addition to the literature on the difficult subject of Xuande bronzes and, more generally, the study of later Chinese bronzes.
Subjects: Bronzes Scholar’s Studio
Item 472 in List 207.
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