Forbidden City Publishing House, 2012. 9 x 11.75", 280 pp., color plates, text in Chinese, board, Beijing, 2012. Item #45121
In 1905, the prime minister of the Qing government Xiong Xiling (1870-1937) went to Japan to investigate their porcelain production. When he came back, he submitted a proposal to Empress Dowager Cixi and received a grant of 100,000 silver tael to establish the Hunan Porcelain Company and invent a new technique of firing five-color underglaze porcelain. This catalog provides full-page images of more than 150 porcelain created since 1909, including a set belonged to Chairman Mao for everyday use. Since the PRC Era, porcelain created using this technique have been perceived as national treasures and sent as diplomatic gifts. This publication features the best examples of these five-color under-glaze porcelain created during the late Qing, Republican, and PRC periods.