17th Century Chinese Ceramics For The Japanese Market: Kosometsuke & Koakae
It is a strange coincidence that my first catalogue in print as Robert Bradlow Fine Art should cover the 17th century Chinese wares for the Japanese market. This was the subject of my degree thesis at SOAS, which I submitted thirty years ago this year.
I was drawn to the innovative designs of these 17th century ceramics and was fascinated how the potters and decorators at Jingdezhen adapted to the new commercial reality of that time. This had come about as a result of the withdrawal of imperial patronage during the tumultuous period between the Ming and the Qing dynasties.
This exhibition is a joint venture with a young Asian private collector, who manages the Mujintang Collection. The pieces were purchased by her in Japan from 2013 and I am delighted to be associated with this area of Chinese ceramic production again.
As with other areas of Chinese export porcelain, these wares have traditionally been, by and large, ignored by Chinese collectors as they partly represent a foreign aesthetic. It is also true that they would not have been in free circulation within China as they were sent directly overseas to Japan. However, these pieces tell an interesting and important story of China’s ceramic past and illustrate fascinating cross cultural references to both of these Asian cultures that have been historically linked in so many ways.
With this exhibition, I have decided to actively reverse the online only trend that has been brought about by Covid-19. As vaccination rates in the world’s developed countries are reaching levels that are beginning to allow face to face human contact and travel without quarantine again, I thought that I would print a catalogue and hold a short two day pop up gallery in St James’s, London.
I believe that this is a very exciting development not only for the business, but also for the market and society in general, as we move on from what has been a very challenging year and a half.
- Videos and detailed condition reports of all the pieces are available on request.
- Pieces are being sold by on behalf of a client by private treaty.
- All prices are subject to 10% selling commission.
- All offers will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.
- Shipping and insurance is not included in the sale price.