Gugong Museum: MINGDAI JIAJING LONGQING WANLI YUYAO CIQI ZHAN; JINGDEZHEN YUYAO YIZHI CHUTU YU GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANG CHUANSHI CIQI DUIBI. Exhibition of Ming Dynasty Official Porcelains from the Jiajing, Longqing and Wanli Periods: A Comparison of Porcelains from the Imperial Kiln Site at Jingdezhen and Imperial Collection of the Palace Museum. Beijing, 2018. 775 pp. Colour plates, many full page, throughout both volumes. 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 Jiajing, Longqing and Wanli reigns of the latter part of the Ming dynasty plus a number of later imitations from the Qing dynasty.
The exhibition showed a total of 442 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 shows ceramics from the Jiajing reign, plus some later imitations. Volume two shows Longqing ceramics (a mere 16 due to the shortness of the reign), the remainder Wanli period, again with a few later imitations.
All examples illustrated in full page colour, many in multiple views, including bases and basemarks. Prefaces, lists of contents, lists of plates, brief introductions to each section, abstracts to essays and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese. An excellent visual and research reference with much previously-unpublished material. A good number of interesting sherds are also shown.
The last in a series of exhibitions 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
Item 71 in List 203.
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