COURT AND CONNOISSEURSHIP: THE COLLECTION AND ARTISTIC TASTE OF THE QIANLONG EMPEROR – VISASIA H Y MOK MANDARIN LECTURE AT AGNSW – TAASA Review December 2017
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This article was originally found in the December 2017 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 26, Issue 4, Page 25).
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Iain Clark The annual Hingyiu Mok Mandarin language lecture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 27 August drew such a large crowd this year that late comers were locked out! Every seat was taken and a few people stood to hear Dr Pei-Chin Yu, Chief Curator in the Department of Antiquities at the National Palace Museum present and discuss images of a number of treasures from the fabulous collection in Taiwan. Dr Yu’s selection ranged across several media, but most examples were paintings or ceramics.
Some objects were contemporary masterpieces produced for the Emperor (r.1736-1795), but most were from imperial China’s past.
One example was far from pristine, being a Song celadon dish recovered from a shipwreck and encrusted in shells...