China Mania!
  • DATE

    Aug 2, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014

  • Venue

    Asian Civilisations Museum

    1 Empress Place
    Singapore 179555
  • TIME
    Monday: from 10:00 to 19:00
    Tuesday: from 10:00 to 19:00
    Wednesday: from 10:00 to 19:00
    Thursday: from 10:00 to 19:00
    Friday: from 10:00 to 21:00
    Saturday: from 10:00 to 19:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 19:00
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For more than a thousand years, China has provided the world with porcelain of the highest quality. Translucent, elegant, and durable, Chinese porcelain of various shapes, sizes, and colours was eagerly sought – and just as eagerly copied and imitated. From the Tang dynasty (618-906) into the 20th century, kilns across China produced everything from magnificent display pieces to vast quantities of everyday bowls and dishes. Ships laden with porcelain reached markets across the globe.

Like all successful products, Chinese porcelain inspired competition. When instability disrupted Chinese exports, Southeast Asia and Japan filled the gap with ceramics that imitated the visual appeal of porcelain. More competition came from Europe, which struggled to produce porcelain. International trade and cultural exchange spread styles, forms, and manufacturing technologies throughout different regions.