Golden Splendours: 20th-Century Painted Porcelains of Hong Kong
1/F Thematic Galleries 3 & 4
19 December 2018 – 18 March 2019
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society
The porcelain industry is an integral part of the art, culture and history of Hong Kong. As a world trading port in the 20th century, Hong Kong developed unique painted porcelain with diverse shapes and rich decorations using continually innovative techniques. This particular type of painted porcelain, known as gangcai, combines Chinese and Western cultural elements, while presenting the distinct local colour of Hong Kong. Popular among both the Chinese and Western communities, gangcai represents the prime period of the painted porcelain industry in Hong Kong.
This exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society. Research is supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation's "Arts: Transforming Hong Kong" Grant. It showcases painted porcelain made by local painters and factories, including vintage porcelain and armorial porcelain, produced mainly for export, as well as ceramic items for decoration and household use commonly found in Hong Kong. Complete with historical photos, manuscripts, hand-drawn designs, pigments, tools, and more, the exhibition offers an elucidating study of the development and characteristics of painted porcelain in Hong Kong and of its achievements as an industry.
Plate in guangcai style with Canton Rose medallion design
Pair of deities in Qianlong fencai style
Plate with scene of an angel announcing the resurrection of Christ
Covered jar with gilded copper ornamentation and mandarin design in Qianlong guangcai style
Horse in fencai style
Plate with "The announcement of the birth of Christ"
Spanish stool with rose medallion design in guangcai style
Relief plaques with scenes of the making and trading of porcelain
Queen Elizabeth II royal visit to Hong Kong commemorative plate