Shanghai Museum ed: ZHUOSHUO CHONGXIAN: SHIWU SHIJI ZHONGQI JINGDEZHEN CIQI DA ZHAN. Lustre Revealed: Jingdezhen Porcelain Wares in Mid Fifteenth Century China. Shanghai, 2019. 393 pp. Colour plates throughout. 29x23 cm. Wrappers.
Substantial catalogue of an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum 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. Coming after the vigour of the Xuande reign and before the glory of the Chenghua reign (at least where ceramics are concerned) this has long been an elusive and little-understood area in the study of Ming dynasty ceramics and is known as the 'Empty Period' or 'The Interregnum'. This is a welcome contribution that much helps improve our understanding.
Some 140 of the ceramics were shown at an exhibition in Hong Kong in 2018 comprising material excavated in 2014 at Jingdezhen. Since then many of these examples have been further restored and are seen in better-reconstructed and more complete condition at this larger Shanghai showing. This body of ceramics is supplemented by important loans of other reconstructed, intact and complete examples from numerous museums in China plus museums and collections in Hong Kong, Japan and America. A total of 275 exhibits. All shown in good colour plates, many in multiple views. Foreword, list of contents, abstract to essay and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese.
Item 557 in List 203.
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