Republican Era Chinese Porcelain

Sep 09, 2013

With increasing recognition of the importance of Chinese porcelain dating from the Republican Era (1912 - 1949) there has never been a better time to make sure your library is well stocked on the subject.

Interest in the subject is hardly surprising. The involvement of literati painters in the decoration of porcelain meant the period saw important developments in ceramics despite the political turmoil across the country which severely limited the quantity produced.

New in stock:


Kwan, Simon: Chinese Porcelain of the Republic Period.  Hong Kong: 2008. Series: The Muwen Tang Collection Series 6. 379 pages, numerous colour plates. Hardback. 30.5 x 23cms. A detailed catalogue of the 167 pieces of Republican Era (1912-1949) porcelain from China. The introduction discusses the phenomena of literati painting of porcelain, 33 notable porcelain painters, imitations of the work of Giuseppe Castiglione and porcelain marks.  Text in English and Chinese.£ 85.00

Useful visual references include:

Tie Yuan (ed.): The Complete Collection of Porcelain of Jiangxi Province: Porcelain from the Years 1912 to 1949 (I) / (II).  Beijing: 2007. 248 pages per volume, numerous colour illustrations. Cloth in a slipcase, 29 x 22cms. Two volumes on the finest Republican Era ceramics of Jiangxi province. Pieces mostly derive from the Jiangxi Provincial Museum and the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Museum.  Text in Chinese with English summary.£ 75.00 per volume


Lai Dayi: Porcelains in the Late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China. Beijing: 2012. 233 pp., colour illustrations throughout. Cloth, 28.8 x 21.4cms.  Presents 100 ceramics from the collection of the Jiangxi Ceramics Company dating from the Qing and Republican Era, mainly famile-rose and blue and white ware.
£ 65.00

Those with a particular interest in the period may also wish to explore the art of snuff bottle painting:


Magic In Hand, Suo Zhenhai's Inside Painted Snuff Bottles, the Hong Yuan Collection.  Beijing: Forbidden City Publications, 2011. 270 pages, colour plates throughout. Cloth in a slipcase, 30 x 30cms. Showcases 139 inside painted snuff bottles by Suo Zhenhai (1954-2006) from the collection of Mike Ma. The artist studied with the great 20th century ink painters Li Keran, Wu Zuoren and Jiang Zhaohe and his work blurs the boundaries between painting and the art object.  Text in English and Chinese.£ 72.00

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