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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.

 

Special Programmes for Exhibitions "Claylaboration—Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition" and "Golden Splendours: 20th-Century Painted Porcelain of Hong Kong

 

Exhibit Highlights

Plate in guangcai style with Canton Rose medallion design

Plate in guangcai style with Canton Rose medallion design

1960s
Hand-painted by Wong Nin
Collection of Yuet Tung China Works

 

Pair of deities in Qianlong fencai style

1978-80
Painted by An Tai Porcelain & Ceramics
Collection of Mr Lee Wing-chiu

Pair of deities in Qianlong fencai style

 

Plate with scene of an angel announcing the resurrection of Christ

Plate with scene of an angel announcing the resurrection of Christ

1959
Hand-painted by Chou Yi-hung
Collection of Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre

 

Covered jar with gilded copper ornamentation and mandarin design in Qianlong guangcai style

1999
Blank by Wah Mou, hand-painted by Zhang Quan
Collection of Wah Tung China Arts

Covered jar with gilded copper ornamentation and mandarin design in Qianlong guangcai style

 

Horse in fencai style

Horse in fencai style

Early 1980s
Blank by Pang Chi-wing, hand-painted by Ng Siu-man, coloured by Ng Yuen Wai-fong
Collection of The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society

 

Plate with "The announcement of the birth of Christ"

1959
Painted by Chou Yi-hung
Collection of Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre

Plate with 'The announcement of the birth of Christ'

 

Spanish stool with rose medallion design in guangcai style

Spanish stool with rose medallion design in guangcai style

Circa 1995
Decal printed by To Ngai Earthware (Hong Kong)
Blank and decal transfer by To Ngai Earthware (Meizhou)
Collection of Liu Chiu-yuen

 

Relief plaques with scenes of the making and trading of porcelain

Early 1990s
Blank produced and painted by porcelain factory Tung Kwong Lai Kee
Layout design by Lee Ying-sang
Collection of Ho Kwong-sing

Relief plaques with scenes of the making and trading of porcelain

 

Queen Elizabeth II royal visit to Hong Kong commemorative plate

Queen Elizabeth II royal visit to Hong Kong commemorative plate

1975
Hand-painted by Mak Kam-chor
Collection of Yuet Tung China Works