Gugong Museum: MINGDAI ZHENGTONG JINGTAI TIANSHUN YUYAO CIQI: JINGDEZHEN YUYAO YIZHI CHUTU YU GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANG CHUANSHIU CIQI DUIBI. Imperial Porcelains from the Reigns of Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun in the Ming Dynasty: A Comparison of Porcelains from the Imperial Kiln Site at Jingdezhen and the Imperial Collection of the Palace Museum. Beijing, 2019. 374 pp. Colour plates throughout, many full page. 29x29 cm. Boards.
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Gugong Palace Museum in Beijing in 2018 showing ceramics from the Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun reigns of the Ming dynasty, three reigns covering a short period of 29 years from 1436-1464. This has long been an elusive and little-understood area in the study of Ming ceramics and is known as the 'Empty Period' or 'Interregnum'. The examples shown include sherds and reconstructed pieces excavated from the imperial kiln sites at Jingdezhen and held at institutions and museums in the city. These are shown together with extremely fine intact examples from the collection of the Gugong Palace Museum in Beijing plus a few intact pieces loaned from other museums in China. A total of 208 exhibits comprising a wide variety of designs, shapes and glazes. Includes finds from Jingdezhen excavated in 2014. The exhibition in four main sections: Section One: The 'Interregnum Period' without Reign Marks; Section Two: New Archaeological Discoveries; Section Three: Carrying on with Innovation; Section Four: Becoming the 'Porcelain Capital'. Six essays accompany.
All the exhibits shown in fine colour plates, many in multiple views. Prefaces, list of contents, list of plates, abstracts to essays and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese. A welcome contribution with excellent photography.
Whilst the majority of these pieces were later exhibited at the Shanghai Museum in 2019, there are also a good number of examples that were not shown in Shanghai. This Gugong Museum catalogue also has much more comparison of excavated and reconstructed pieces from Jingdezhen alongside intact examples from the Gugong collection. The photography in this catalogue is far superior to the Shanghai catalogue.
Subjects: Ceramics Archaeology
Item 73 in List 203.
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