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Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the 18th-Century Qing Court

Cup. Decorated with waves, Qing dynasty, (1723-1735) Porcelain, secret or anhua décor with a white reserve on a "red coral" base, Former Grandidier collection Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet G 1556 (C) Photo RMN / © Thierry Ollivier

Coming soon to The Met: Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court. The exhibition opens August 25, and will feature exquisite Chinese porcelain, metalwork, jade, lacquer, and textiles. Apparently the rare porcelain included among the 60 works on view is decorated with especially brilliant colors.

(At the moment I don't have an image from the upcoming exhibition, but the cup above, from the Musée national des Arts, is an amazing example of Qing dynasty porcelain.)


The Peak of Chic said...

The thing that always amazes me about certain pieces of Chinese porcelain is how "contemporary" they look. This is going to sound crazy, but this cup looks like it could be a Kate Spade china pattern, or something like that. It's a beautiful piece.

Style Court said...


My thoughts exactly! It's so interesting.

Anonymous said...

The Decorative art cup looks so beautiful. The waves and the coral designs are lovely. Chinese Decorative Arts is unique and look so traditional.