Kevin McLoughlin. Book Review: Jingdezhen to the World: The Lurie Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Late Ming Dynasty
Jingdezhen to the World: The Lurie Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Late Ming Dynasty charts the production of porcelain at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province over the several decades from the 1570s to the fall of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and the role played by blue-and-white export porcelain from Jingdezhen in China’s trade with the rest of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the New World. This narrative is framed through the lens of the Lurie Collection, acquired and developed over a number of decades by Thomas and Nancy Lurie. The collection is distinctive for being among the most comprehensive collections of late Ming export porcelain ever assembled. Using selected objects from the collection, Teresa Canepa has produced a detailed, carefully researched, well-written, sumptuously illustrated and richly informative account of the design and production of Kraak, Transitional and Ko-sometsuke wares from the late 16th century to 1644.