The Ming dynasty was a momentous time in the history of Chinese ceramics. With the establishment of the Imperial Ceramics Factory in early Ming that led to the maturity and standardization of production, imperial wares gained significance and distinction over other forms of imperial art of the Ming and Qing periods. This exhibition, Enlightening Elegance: Imperial Porcelain of the Mid and Late Ming, presents Anthony K.W. Cheung's Huaihaitang Collection of imperial wares, with special focus on the Zhengde (1506-1511), Jiajing (1522-1566) and Wanli (1573-1620) reigns. The religious beliefs of the three emperors, respectively Islam, Daoism and Buddhism, are reflected in the imperial wares of their times. Together, they provide a "substantial means" for viewers to enter the pantheon of the mid and late Ming emperors of some 400 years ago.
We are delighted to present this special guided tour with fellow member and collector of this exhibition, Anthony K.W. Cheung. Cheung, a member of the prestigious Min Chiu Society is a renowned collector of Chinese art focusing on Ming and Qing imperial ceramics. This exhibition will be held at The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, from 30 November 2012 to April 2013. It is a sequel to an earlier exhibition, Ethereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing, The Huaihaitang Collection, held in 2007 at the same venue.