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The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong is delighted to welcome Dr Wang Guanyu to present a talk based on her research for the exhibition ‘Enchanting expeditions: Chinese Trade Porcelains across the Globe’ at the Chinese University Art Museum in 2021.

Dr Wang’s talk will travel back in time to a period five hundred years ago, when European interest in Chinese porcelains gave rise to a trade that placed the Ming Empire at the centre of a new globalised commercial world. Drawing on exhibits from the exhibition and textual records this talk aims to reconstruct the design, manufacture, transport, and sale processes of Chinese export porcelains and how they were used. This talk will argue how Ming and Qing porcelains came to dominate the international market and how they profoundly impacted the porcelain industry of the world.

Dr. Wang Guanyu is Associate Curator (Antiquities) of the Art Museum, CUHK. Her research focuses on the production, trade and consumption of Chinese porcelains during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and early East-West globalisation. In 2021, she curated the exhibition ‘Enchanting Expeditions: Chinese Trade Porcelains across the Globe’, and authored its associated catalogue of same title. In 2018, she curated the exhibition ‘Refilling the Interregnum: Newly Discovered Imperial Porcelains from Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun Reigns (1436–1464) of the Ming Dynasty’, which was the first exhibition outside of the mainland to show the 2014 discovery of the Jingdezhen Imperial Porcelain Factory site.

All visitors are required to wear masks. We also remind members to abide by the Hong Kong Club’s smart dress code for guests: Business Smart (Jeans, T-shirts, tracksuits, shorts, shoes for sports activities and flip-flops are not acceptable. No denim may be worn at any time in the Club.)


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