The influence of ancient China

Two new exhibitions explore the ascendancy of Chinese porcelain on the ceramics industries of Asia and Europe, Zhang Kun reports in Shanghai.

An ongoing exhibition at the Shanghai History Museum has brought together porcelain art from two capitals of the industry: Jingdezhen in China’s Jiangxi province and Meissen in Germany.

White Gold: East and West Porcelain Capital kicked off at the Shanghai museum on Friday. On the same day a showcase of white porcelain from Dehua in Fujian province opened. Both exhibitions are running simultaneously until Nov 3.They will then tour to several other Chinese cities, including Dalian in Liaoning province and Guangzhou in Guangdong province.

The White Gold exhibition presents fine objects from Jingdezhen, which were tailor-made for the overseas market, alongside ceramics from Japan and Meissen. Altogether 136 objects are on display, sourced from the collections of six museums from around China and abroad.

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