Catalogue from the exhibition 'The Burrell at Kelvingrove: Collecting Chinese Treasures 'held at the Glasgow Museums from the 14th September 2019 to Spring 2020.
A carefully curated selection of masterpieces and very rare Chinese objects from the Burrell Collection is on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The 63 objects are made from either jade, ceramic or bronze and have been picked from around 1800 pieces from China in the Burrell Collection. The works for this exhibition have been chosen by Jorge Welsh, an internationally renowned collector, dealer and expert in Chinese art with galleries in London and Lisbon, and Dr Yupin Chung, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art for Glasgow Museums. Among the highlights are Tang Dynasty tomb guardian figures, elaborate forms of ritual bronzes more than 2,500 years old, a rare Ming Dynasty blue-and-white tankard and a Tantalus Cup which has the figure of a woman in the middle. It's a 500 year old practical joke which pours liquid onto the victim from a hole in the bottom once the cup is filled to the brim. The amount of Chinese works in the Burrell Collection represents the third largest collection in Europe. It contains around 146 pieces of jade which date as far back as the Shang dynasty, 170 bronzes and more than 1400 ceramics including objects from the Neolithic period.
Published by Glasgow Museums, Glasgow, 2019
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