Blanc de Chine: Divine Images in Porcelain
Curated by renowned Asian ceramics specialist John Ayers, this exhibition features the unique white-glazed porcelain known as Dehua ware in China and Blanc de Chine in the West. Dehua wares were produced in Fujian province as early as the Song dynasty (960-1279 C.E.) and became popular during the Ming (1368-1644 C.E.) and early Qing (1644-1911 C.E.) dynasties. Objects on display include Buddhist and Daoist deities, functional scholar's objects and pieces produced according to Western tastes for foreign markets. The almost 80 exhibits range in date from the 14th century to the late 19th - early 20th century, when there was a late revival of Blanc de Chine objects. The introductory essay by John Ayers updates the reader with new research on dating, function, and historical records. It is followed by Dr. Yuan Bingling's essay, which introduces the local culture of Fujian and provides us with the historical and social background of ceramic production at Dehua. The catalogue illustrates a series of the finest Blanc de Chine from mostly American museum and private collections. Most represented are the Koger Collection (now at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection, the Wang Xing Lou Collection, and the collections of Richard Lehman Gray, Phillip Allen, and many private collections and anonymous lenders.
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