Bring Me a Glaze Like the Sky After Rain: Imperial ceramics of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties 
The National Palace Museum in Taipei is a treasure-trove of traditional Chinese culture, of which the delicate, almost minimalist wares of the Song dynasty are an undisputed highlight. To introduce the Museum’s superlative collection of these works of art to the British public, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China and the Taipei Representative Office in the UK are in partnership with Asia House in London to host the lecture “Bring Me a Glaze Like the Sky After Rain: Imperial ceramics of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties” on 19 March at Asia House. 
The Song emperor reportedly commanded his workshops to produce a vessel "the colour of the sky after rain". The result was Ru ware— subtle masterpieces of both form and colour. This talk discusses the technological and artistic innovations that allowed the potters of Song China to meet such seemingly impossible requests, alongside the reasons why these masterpieces have continued to be so highly prized throughout the following centuries, fetching prices of over £17million in Sotheby's Hong Kong in 2012.

The speaker Dr Stacey Pierson is the former curator of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art. A specialist in Chinese ceramics, she is currently a senior lecturer on the subject at the School of Oriental and African Studies. The Q&A host will be Ms Beth McKillop, who is currently the Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and formerly the Keeper of the Asian department. 
For further details, please contact:

Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street
London W1G 7LP
www.asiahouse.org
+44(0)20 7307 5454
enquiries@asiahouse.co.uk                          Photo courtesy:National Palace Museum



中華民國文化部及駐英國台北代表處與倫敦藝文機構「亞洲之家」(Asia House)合作舉辦故宮博物院館藏系列講座,第三場將於3月19日在「亞洲之家」舉行,主題為「天青釉:北宋與南宋時期的御用瓷器」(Bring Me a Glaze Like the Sky After Rain: Imperial ceramics of the Northern and Southern Song dynasties),主講人為中國瓷器專家Stacey Pierson (畢宗陶)。

中國的陶瓷藝術至宋代臻於成熟,被西方學者譽為中國陶瓷的偉大時期。宋朝皇帝曾下令官窯生產「雨過天青」色的花瓶,其中,汝窯生產的瓷器,釉色藍中帶綠,典雅瑩澈,在眾多青瓷窯中脫穎而出,成為皇家指定御用的瓷器。2012年香港蘇富比拍賣會中,北宋汝窯天青釉葵花洗以1,700百萬英鎊的成交價再創新高。全球不到70件的汝窯傳世瓷器中,21件在台北故宮,堪稱世界之最,本場講座將搭配台北故宮提供之典藏宋代瓷器高畫質圖像,探討宋瓷技術上與藝術上的創新,以及為何數百年來,宋瓷一直為世人所珍視。

主講人畢宗陶(Stacey Pierson)女士曾任倫敦大學大衛德基金會 (Percival David Foundation)館長,現任倫敦大學亞非學院藝術史暨考古學系高級講師。講座同時邀請到維多利亞與亞伯特博物館副館長Beth McKillop主持問答,McKillop女士曾在劍橋大學與北京大學學習中文與中國歷史,並曾擔任維多利亞與亞伯特博物館收藏及亞洲部門主任。

報名請洽「亞洲之家」:
Asia House
63 New Cavensdish Street
London W1G 7LP
www.asiahouse.org
+44(0)20 7307 5454
enquiries@asiahouse.co.uk

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