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The famous pair of Blue & White vases dated 1351, from the Percival David Foundation

Copyright British Museum Collection


Yaozhou vase, representative of the celadon wares popular during the Northern Song Dynasty

Copyright Musée Guimet Collection



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Learn from the Experts: Celadon and Blue & White Ceramics

7pm Tuesday, 16 May 2017
82 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229684

SEACS has organised an evening with ceramics expert Lim Yah Chiew and some of its specialist collectors to help you identify, appreciate and understand the ceramics we know as ‘Celadon’ and ‘Blue & White’. The opportunity to see examples of these ceramics, touch and hold them, and hear our very own in-house experts point out their distinguishing characteristics is one of the advantages of an SEACS membership. Come and ask your questions and in one evening, become familiar with two of the most important categories of ceramics.

Renowned ceramics specialist Rosemary Scott, head of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, SOAS, defined celadon as “a term referring to a glaze or to a ceramic ware with a celadon glaze. It is a Western term applied to stoneware with high-firing green glazes that owe their colour to relatively small amounts of reduced iron oxide in the glaze composition”. (Scott, For the Imperial Court, p. 156)

In contrast to the monochrome celadons are those ceramics popularly known as “Blue & White”, which refer to ceramics decorated in an underglaze cobalt blue, the oldest dated pieces being a pair of temple vases dated 1351 in the Percival David Foundation collection now in the British Museum. Come learn about these two important categories of ceramics and more from our in-house experts. Feel free to bring along and share any of your own examples of these two important groups of ceramics from your own collection.

Coming soon: We will follow up this special ‘hands-on session’ with a talk in June by ACM Curator Shuyin Kan on Korean ceramics, distinguished by a greyish-green stoneware known as buncheong, as well as some Korean underglaze-decorated porcelains (before visiting the ACM special exhibition on Joseon Korea).

SEACS members are encouraged to bring along their guests to this special learning session. Please RSVP to seacs.secretary@gmail.com. The program will begin at 7pm and end at approximately 9pm. If you are driving, look for parking at Cairnhill Link by #124 Cairnhill Road, where it is free after 5pm. The closest MRT station is Newton, which is only a 10-minute walk away from this event venue. This event is open to SEACS members and their guests only.