The OCS is delighted to announce a last chance guided viewing of the exhibition Golden Splendours: 20th-Century Painted Porcelains of Hong Kong with Lai Suk Yee, former Assistant Curator, and Researcher at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and researcher for the exhibition.
The exhibition is a detailed study of Hong Kong ceramic factories of painted porcelains, produced primarily for export, and found in Chinese restaurants and households worldwide. This trade flourished throughout the twentieth century due to the prevalence of specialist skills and easy access to markets. These factories produced works that are unique to Hong Kong and represent an important part of this city’s material history. On display are enamel-painted porcelains made by local artisans, including vintage and armorial porcelains, as well as historical photographs, manuscripts, hand-drawn designs, pigments, tools, and more, offering a broad overview of the development and characteristics of the painted porcelain industry in Hong Kong over the past century. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity to study the histories of these factories, their achievements as an industry, and their increasingly uncertain futures.
Lai Suk Yee is currently a Museum Expert Adviser to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government, and a Researcher at The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society (HKCRS). She formerly served as Assistant Curator and Researcher at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
This exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society. Research is supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation’s “Arts: Transforming Hong Kong” Grant.