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Over 1000 antique Ceramics Over 200 Years Old

Catalogue > Chinese Ming & Earlier Ceramics & Works of Art
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Chinese Ming & Earlier Page 1 Click on the icon of the Chinese blue and white kraak moulded teapot, Wanli (1573-1619), decorated on either side with a kylin on a raised platform, with a flying phoenix at the base of the handle, separated by moulded pear-shaped vignettes containing alternating peonies and chrysanthemum, to view more Ming and earlier items
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Chinese Ming & Earlier Page 2 Click on the icon of the Chinese polychrome Immortal dish, Shunzhi (1644-1661), decorated in overglaze enamels and underglaze blue, with Shou Lao and his deer seated on a rock, with the eight immortals passing by, each carrying their identifying attribute, in a mountain landscape, to view more Ming and earlier items
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Chinese Ming & Earlier Page 3 Click on the icon of the Chinese Longquan carved celadon jar, Yuan/Early Ming, 15th century, the thickly potted upper body with incised scrolling lotus above a band of stylised stiff petals, covered in a rich sea-green glaze, to view more Ming and earlier items
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For the purist Orientalist the finest ceramics would probably be the best of the Song celadons (some fine pieces were also produced under the Jin and Yuan dynasities). The term celadon is somewhat vague and myth has it that the name itself came from a character in a French 17th century play called Celadon. One definition is a stoneware which is fired at about 1200 to 1280 centigrade and covered with a glaze with a lime alkali iron content. . Glazes are not necessarily green but can be other colours as well.

Nothern Celadons were mainly made at Yaozhou in Shaanxi, celadons from here are referred to as Yaozhou. The main centre for the production of celadons in the south was at Longquan and it these Longquan celadons which are still readily available. Some celadons are decorated with incised or moulded designs, the moulded decoration being later, introduced about the beginning of the twelfth century.

The most appealing and also the most difficult to come by are the Ru and Guan wares, the former made at the end of the Norhern Song( that fell in 1127 AD) and the latter at the beginningo the Southern Song. Here in London these Imperial or Official wares can best be seen at the Percival David Foundation or the British Museum.

Song pieces tend to be smaller than those made in the Ming period. On many celadons, due their iron-oxide content, exposed areas are burnt red on firing. This can most easily be seen on Ming dishes and censers that were fired on a ring which left a red band.

We recommend the following books as starting point for someone beginning to take an interest in the subject.

-Rinaldi, Maura, Kraak Porcelain: A Moment in the History of the Trade (London, 1989)
-Gugong Museum, Gugong Bowuyan Cangpin Daxi: Falangqi Bian 1: Yuan Ming Qiasi Falang (Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 1: Cloisonne in the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties) (Beijing, 2011)
-Gugong Museum, Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Mingchu Qinghuaci (An Exhibition of Early Ming blue and white Porcelain in the Collection of the Gugong Museum, Beijing) (Beijing, 2002)
Catalogue from an exhibition held in the Forbidden City with over 200 examples of Hongwu, Yongle and Xuande pieces
-Thompson, Julian, The Alan Chuang Collection of Chinese Porcelain (Hong Kong, 2010). Contains many important Yuan, Ming and Qing pieces from one of the most important collections to have been formed in recent years.

Some suggested reading for early bronzes and works of art include:
-Bjaaland Welch, Patricia, Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery, 2008.
-Chou, Ju-his, Circles of Reflection: The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, 2000.
-Jian, Li, Eternal China: Splendors from the First Dynasties, 1998.
-Lion-Goldsmith, Daisy & J.C. Moreau-Gobard, Chinese Art: Bronze, jade Sculpture, Ceramics.
-Michaelson, Carol, Gilded Dragons: Buried Treasures from China's Golden Ages, exhibition catalogue, British Museum Press, 1999.
-Nakano, Toru, Bronze Mirrors from Ancient China: Donald H. Graham Jr. Collection, 1994.
-Rawson, Jessica, Chinese Bronzes of Yunan, 1984.
-Todd, O.J. & Milan, Rupert, Chinese Bronze Mirrors, 1935.
Catalogue > Chinese Ming & Earlier Ceramics & Works of Art

Over 1000 antique Ceramics Over 200 Years Old

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