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Palace Museum Culture Lecture Series (Part III): Ancient Chinese Export Ceramics in the Palace Museum Collection

9 April 2022 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am



The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) will present Part III of the Palace Museum Culture Lecture Series from March to May 2022. At these free public talks, leading experts on Palace Museum culture from Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei will share new research that brings to life the distinctive charm of the culture of the Forbidden City.

Organised by the HKPM, Parts I and II of the Lecture Series were held last year and received an overwhelming response. The three upcoming talks in Part III will examine respectively the development of European cannon technology in the reign of the Kangxi Emperor, Chinese export ceramics from the Palace Museum collection, and the Qing imperial collection of Islamic jades. Participants will be invited to explore cultural exchanges between China and the world.

Ancient Chinese Export Ceramics in the Palace Museum Collection:

Mr Lyu Chenglong, Research Fellow and Director, Department of Antiquities, Palace Museum, will explore the museum’s collection of ancient Chinese export ceramics. The Palace Museum is home to a world-renowned ceramic collection. Particularly well represented are ancient works produced by “The Five Great Kilns” as well as imperial ceramics manufactured in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Jingdezhen. Export ceramics in the museum’s collection came from a variety of sources, including government allocations, donations from private or corporate collectors, as well as purchases made after 1949, with only a small number of works from the Qing court collection. A less known category, Chinese export ceramics nevertheless represent a significant area of growth in the overall collection of the Palace Museum. Since 1949, allocations made by the National Cultural Heritage Administration and China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, as well as museum purchases, have contributed to the growth of the Chinese export ceramic collection at the Museum, which reflects a growing interest in this area among scholars and collectors.

Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese, no subtitles are available


9 April 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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