Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London

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The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art is a collection of Chinese ceramics and related items, on permanent display in its own gallery in Room 95 at the British Museum. The Foundation's main purpose is to promote the study and teaching of Chinese art and culture. The collection consists of some 1,700 pieces of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain from the 10th century to the 18th, as well as a painting, Scroll of Antiquities (Guwan tu) dating from the Yongzheng (1723–35) reign.The collection concentrates on pieces in the "Chinese taste" rather than export wares, and on Imperial porcelain, much of it Jingdezhen ware. It includes superb examples of the rare Ru and Guan wares and two important Yuan dynasty blue and white porcelain temple vases (the "David Vases"), the oldest dated blue and white porcelain pieces, from 1351. The Foundation also has a large library of Western and East Asian books related to Chinese art; this and archival material are housed in the library of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.In 1950, the Collection was presented to the University of London by the collector and scholar Sir Percival David, who had assembled it.
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  • You can tell how important this collection is by the fact that the gallery in the British Museum in which is now housed is normally fully of Chinese tourists who come here to see one of the best colle...  more »
  • Probably the finest collection of Chinese ceramic art anywhere in the world (certainly outside China). Virtually all the pieces are exceptionally fine and some exceptionally rare, especially Song dyna...  more »
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