The Splendid “Dark Period” of Chinese Porcelain

The Splendid “Dark Period” of Chinese Porcelain
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Splendour rediscovered. The Shanghai Museum hosts an exhibition of precious ceramic pieces from the kilns of Jingdezhen. Focus of the exhibition, the creations of the XV Century, a historic period marked by social instability, during which all traces of these remarkable artisans were lost. The porcelain produced during this century was shrouded in mystery because of the scarcity of historical documents and for a lack of the name of the Emperor on these pieces, as tradition would generally have had it. The discovery of important sites, the last one in 2014, brought to light important finds from the XV Century - porcelain pieces from the Imperial kilns and traceable to the Ming Dynasty, who restituted to Jingdezhen its role as the capital of porcelain in the China of the Jiangxi. Furthermore, these refined objects testify to the role of Jingdezhen in the commerce along the ancient maritime Silk Road and the cultural exchange between East and West. To reconstruct this, the exhibition includes precious pieces from 28 museums in China and 7 international museums, including the Palace Museum of China, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Tokyo National Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai