Gugong Museum: MINGDAI HONGWU YONGLE YUYAO CIQI: MINGDAI XUANDE YUYAO CIQI: JINGDEZHEN YUYAO YIZHI CHUTU YU GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANG CHUANSHI CIQI DUIBI. Imperial Porcelains from the Reigns of Hongwu and Yongle in the Ming Dynasty: Imperial Porcelains from the Reign of Xuande in the Ming Dynasty: A Comparison of Porcelains from the Imperial Kiln Site at Jingdezhen and the Imperial Collection of the Palace Museum. Beijing, 2015. 337; 356 pp. Full page colour plates throughout both volumes. Colour text plates. 2 vols. 29x29 cm. Boards.
Large and weighty two-volume catalogue of an excellent and important exhibition at the Gugong Museum in Beijing showing early Ming dynasty porcelain from the dynamic reigns of the first three emperors - Hongwu, Yongle and Xuande. Shows excavated and reconstructed ceramics from the Jingdezhen imperial kiln sites, juxtaposed with perfect examples (many related in design and decoration to the Jingdezhen pieces) in the collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing. Sheds light on the production processes and quality control at the Jingdezhen official kilns in the early Ming dynasty and also the strict standards for selecting ceramics for the imperial court. This is the first collaboration between the Jingdezhen Ceramics Research Institute and the Gugong Museum in Beijing and the first time such excavated ceramics have been shown in the Gugong. The first volume covers Hongwu (37) and Yongle (114) ceramics, the second volume is entirely Xuande material and shows 155 examples. A total of 306 exhibits! Includes numerous unique and very rare examples. Large full page colour plates throughout both volumes with wonderful photography. The majority of pieces shown in multiple views. 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.
Subjects: Ceramics Archaeology
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