The 2015 William Willetts Annual Lecture Series

by Dr. Stacey Pierson

This lecture introduced Ding, Ru, Jun, Guan and Ge wares from a connoisseurship perspective. Beginning with their classification as ‘the Five Classic Wares of the Song’ in early Ming texts, our speaker explained what made these wares, out of the many produced in the Song, so exceptional. Their glazes and bodies, forms and decoration were discussed as well as their continued appreciation today in collections, museums, the art market and the literature of world ceramics.

About the speaker:

Stacey Pierson is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She was formerly Curator of the Percival David Foundation at the same university and has published widely on the subject of this collection as well as Chinese ceramics in general. A recent book at the time of this talk was: From Object to Concept: Global Consumption and the Transformation of Ming Porcelain, Hong Kong University Press, 2013.

7.30pm, Tuesday, 21 April 2015

National Museum Singapore

Gallery Theatre Basement

93 Stamford Road Singapore

Singapore 178897

Song ‘ge’ Ware

Song ‘Ru’ ware

Song ‘Ding’ Ware