This book has been published in conjunction with the exhibition Wonders of Clay and Fire: Chinese Ceramics from the Jiurutang and Jinglexuan Collections, organized by the Seattle Art Museum and on view at the Seattle Asian Art Museum from August 1997 though August 2002.
"The serene beauty and sophisticated technology of Chinese porcelain is exquisitely represented in the Jinglexuan collection thoughtfully assembled by Roger and Alice King. Spanning the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, the Jinglexuan collection celebrates extraordinary achievements of Song, Yuan, and Ming porcelain production at Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of the world, located in south central China. These porcelains evince a dramatic change from the understated elegance of Song dynasty monochromes - the qingbai (bluish-white) ware - to the painterly brilliance of ungerglaze-red and underglaze-blue porcelains of the Yuan and early Ming dynasties. Patronage and style are inextricably linked. The Mongol court - specifically the Privy Council - commissioned milky "shufu" wares. Stunning blue-and-white porcelains, for example the handsome charger (No. 38), reflect the influence of Middle Eastern taste on Chinese porcelain production and then subsequent sinicization during the rule of the Chinese Ming dynasty. Notable also in the Jinglexuan collection is a rare group of fourteenth-century miniature porcelains made as burial goods for markets on Southeast Asia." excerpt from the preface by Mimi Gardner Gates, The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and Jay Xu, Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, Curator for Wonders of Clay and Fire: Chinese Ceramics from the Jiurutang and Jinglexuan Collections.
Published by Seattle Art Museum, USA, 2001
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