Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain: From the Shanghai Museum and Butler Family Collections

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-01
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
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Sir Michael Butler has been collecting seventeenth century Chinese porcelain since 1959, and has become the leading expert and collector of a genre which was much neglected until the second half of the last century. Straddling the late Ming and the early Qing dynasties, this porcelain was the product mainly of the great imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. These had to change their markets in response to the temporary lack of imperial patronage resulting from the turbulence and civil wars that marked the change from one great dynasty to the next. The result was the growth of the export trade to Europe, Japan and India and to some subtle changes in the domestic market that are only now beginning to be understood by art historians. The exhibition in Shanghai sixty-six pieces were shown from the Butler Family Collection and sixty-six from Shanghai. They were carefully selected both for stunning visual effect and also to provide matter for a further re-examination of this period of Chinese porcelain production. Half the exhibition will be transferred to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in March 2006. Text in English and Chinese.

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