Jiang Qi’s Taoji
2 May 2019
Jiang Qi’s Tao Ji, or Porcelain Memoir, is the earliest piece of writing dedicated to the porcelain industry at Jingdezhen. Chinese scholars have recently drawn battle-lines on its dating: Southern Song (1127-1279) or mid-Yuan (1279-1368). In sharing with members what the document tells us about Jingdezhen in its early days, Tony Miller promises to touch on that controversy, and why, 500 years after it was written, Jiang Qi’s memo should have become an instrument of propaganda in the Qianlong court. Read more
Sotheby’s Spring Auction
30 March 2019
Nicolas Chow of Sotheby’s introduced highlights of their 2019 spring auctions to OCS members, including blue and white porcelains from the Tianminlou collection, a magnificent Warring States period jade tiger plaque, an almost complete skeleton of a mammoth and a large Liao Dynasty stucco Buddha head.
Stephen Selby, author of Chinese Archery, provided a new narrative of East Asia’s Bronze Age, breaking away from traditional historical romance and instead tracing the environments, sociology and politics of the societies in which bronze technology developed and spread in East Asia.
The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900
Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan
16 February 2019
Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections) at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, guided attendees through The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900. Throughout the tour Dr. Chan highlighted particular works whilst sharing anecdotes about their origin and the lending process.
Annual K. S. Lo Memorial Lecture
Xiaoyao 逍遥: Wondering Freely and its Legacy in Chinese Art
Professor Martin Powers
22 January 2019
Professor Martin Powers explained Xiaoyao (逍遥) and its legacy in Chinese art and culture. Besides giving insight into the poetry of Chuang Tzu and the iconography of ancient Chinese art, his explanation also challenged the widely held notion that individual “freedom” and “rights” has no place in Chinese culture.
Renowned collector Richard Kan and Professor Peter Lam spoke to members about the exhibition at the Baur Foundation in Geneva, highlighting specific works from the collection. This event was cohosted with the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art and Christie’s.
May Huang spoke about her innovative work in Jinkeng Village, near Jingdezhen, to preserve both the Song Dynasty kiln site ruins and the natural landscape amidst pressures for development. May’s efforts involved lobbying for government support, gaining the cooperation of the villagers, developing educational programs, founding the Dongjiao Institute for Ceramics Studies, and proposing ideas for revitalising Jinkeng’s agriculture with organic produce.
May Huang offered her thoughts on Refilling the Interregnum: Newly Discovered Imperial Porcelains from Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun Reigns (1436-1464) of the Ming Dynasty, curated by Wang Guanyu, at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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