Of Virginia Art Museum Hosts Only East-Coast Showing Of “Treasures
From An Unknown Reign: Shunzhi Porcelain”
January 15, 2002--
WHAT: “Treasures from an Unknown Reign: Shunzhi
Saturday, Jan. 25, through Sunday, March 23
University of Virginia Art Museum
17th-century China, potters and painters developed an innovative
style as they found new patrons during tumultuous times. Conquests
by the Manchus and civil war in 17th-century China led artists away
from their traditional support by the emperor and his court as their
power declined. Instead, the artists found patronage among the literati
and the increasingly affluent merchants and collectors of China’s
east coast. The artists shifted their designs to appeal to the tastes
of these new connoisseurs. Landscape paintings on pottery depicting
narrative themes based on plays, novels and stories from Chinese
history were developed during this period. The innovative colors,
shapes and painted scenes evolved into a style now recognized as
Shunzhi, named after the child-emperor and first of the Quing Dynasty.
only east coast showing of “Treasures from an Unknown Reign:
Shunzhi Porcelain” at the University of Virginia Art Museum
includes 87 porcelain objects from this period. During Shunzhi’s
reign export was reduced, and imperial porcelain was not produced.
Scholars neglected this period until the 1980s, when a Chinese shipwreck
containing 23,000 porcelain wares from the Shunzhi period was discovered
in the South China Sea by captain Michael Hatcher. This discovery
has enabled scholars to accurately date these ceramics.
in the exhibit are on loan from public and private collections in
England, France and the United States, including Oxford’s
Ashmolean Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the
Butler Family Collection, the largest and most comprehensive collection
of 17th-century Chinese porcelain in the world.
the exhibit is a 252-page full-color catalog that gives unprecedented
detail in identifying the narrative scenes and botanical symbols
depicted on the porcelains, placing them in art historical context.
in conjunction with the exhibit, is scheduled for March 21-22. Noted
international scholars and major collectors of Chinese porcelain
will gather to discuss this little-known period of Chinese porcelain
exhibition is organized by Art Services International of Alexandria
and supported by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter
Foundation. The showing at the U.Va. Art Museum is made possible
by the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation with additional support from
Lane F. and Christian L. Becken, Gunilla and James Godfrey, Olivia
and Leslie Grayson, Gail and David Haines and Felicia Rogan.
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking
is available behind the museum.
details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call
(434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.
are available. Contact Jane Ford at (434) 924-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.