Art Services International Exhibitions

Treasures of an Unknown Reign: SHUNZHI PORCELAIN

Rolwagen Decorated with Two Dragons, ca. 1650, porcelain decorated in underglaze blue with iron red and polychrome, private collection.Scholarship: Dr. Stephen Little
Pritzker Curator of Asian Art, Art Institute of Chicago

Sir Michael Butler


Julia B. Curtis
Independent Scholar

The seventeenth century is the last field of Chinese porcelain production that has yet to be extensively explored, and the porcelain created during the 17-year reign of Shunzhi -- the boy sovereign and first Qing Emperor of China -- is the least well-known of all. This exhibition demonstrates the great creativity of this period and identifies the new ceramic shapes and styles of painting characteristic of the reign. Blue and White and wucai (underglaze blue and enamels) predominate, depicting animals, mythical beasts, landscapes, plants, flowers, and narrative scenes. Also represented are a wide variety of other types including monochromes in white, yellow, and deep and light blue. Works are drawn from public and private collections in England, France, and the United States, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Butler Family Collection (the largest collection of 17th-century Chinese porcelain in the world.)


Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu, HI)
Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas, TX)
University of Virginia Art Museum (Charlottesville, VA)
May 2 - September 8, 2002
September 28 - January 5, 2003
December 20 - April 5, 2004



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