Chinese Ceramics, from objects made for ritual burial in tombs to wares destined for the emperor’s dining table, are displayed in this gallery at the Kwek Hong Png Wing. The objects inspire stories of how they were made, used, traded, and valued in the history of China. A special display shows the white porcelain made in the Dehua kilns in Fujian province, which was highly coveted by Europeans and others outside of China. The ACM has one of the finest collections of these largely figural porcelain wares.
China, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty
The painter used soft, delicate brushstrokes inspired by the naturalistic style of Yun Shouping (1663-1690), a master of the Qing bird and flower painting school.
Wenchang, Daoist God of Literature
China, Dehua kilns, early 17th century
Inscribed on the back with mark of He Chaozong, perhaps the most renowned of Dehua master potters.
Vase with a chrysanthemum base
China, Northern Song dynasty ca 1100
Porcelain, height 22.3cm
This object has been adopted by Lam Soon Cannery Private Limited.
This vase is an artistic tour-de-force - the base, in the shape of a chrysanthemum blossom, provides a delightful contrast between the solid form of the vessel and the apparently fragile flower underneath. The illusion of crinkled and broken chrysanthemum petals was created by cutting the wet clay at sharp angles. The only other example known of the type was excavated from a pagoda in Hebei (datable to 1115), then ruled by the Liao dynasty. The elaborate form therefore directly reflects Liao taste.