23 October 2017 – Dehua (blanc-de-chine) Ceramics

Dehua Guanyin with her two attendants – the boy pilgrim Sudhana and the Dragon Princess Longnu amidst a grotto.
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Dehua shaped as a ding 鼎bronze vessel
Copyright Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Dehua (blanc-de-chine) Ceramics

7pm Monday, 23 October 2017
Visitors’ Briefing Room, Level 1
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

 

Dehua (德化) is one of China’s best-known export ceramics, but most of the world knows it by the name blanc-de-chine. The unctuous white porcelain produced since late Ming dynasty at Dehua, Fujian province, is a strength of the Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM’s) Chinese porcelain collection in Singapore. Dr. Kenson Kwok will recount his field trips to Dehua (Fujian Province, China) in the 1990s in preparation for an exhibition of the Hickley Collection of Dehua porcelain mounted by the ACM at the then National Museum. The Hickley Collection was eventually given to the ACM and a catalogue was published. A substantial part of the Collection can be seen today at the ACM.

 

About Dr. Kenson Kwok

Dr. Kenson Kwok, Founding Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and a past President of SEACS, who was trained as an architect and environmental psychologist, began his working life in the Research Department of the HDB. He was also responsible for championing the cause, and securing approval and funding for the Peranakan Museum, a long-term project which was finally realised in 2009. At the end of that year, he retired after an 18-year stint in the museum service. In retirement, he remains active in the museum sector both formally and informally.

 


This talk is free and open to the public, SEACS members and their guests. Please RSVP to seacs.secretary@gmail.com. The program will begin at 7pm and end at approximately 8.30pm. Parking is available in the National Library basement carpark and the closest MRT stop is Bras Basah.