The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8000 (switchboard) +44 (0)20 7323 8299 (information desk)
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10.00–17.30
Thursday and Friday 10.00–20.30
including special exhibitions
The British Museum holds one of the worlds great collections of Chinese and Japanese ceramics. It is very well displayed and the labels are clear and very informative. The small side cases are especially useful as they show the bases of pieces. The British Museum have several displays contrasting similar looking objects from different cultures, for example there is a group of Celadon ware which includes an early Egyptian copy. The British Museum opened a new gallery in room 95 dedicated to the collection of Sir Percival David (1892-1964), this important collection is also on view via the British Museum’s website.
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
V&A South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
The upper ceramic galleries will be reopened in phases during 2009.
The new galleries will include a major new introductory gallery, presenting a ‘world history’ of ceramics, highlighting connections between ceramics of different cultures and periods. Another major gallery will be devoted to ceramic materials and techniques, and there will be smaller rooms for temporary exhibitions, changing displays of international contemporary ceramics, and the study collections of 20th century pottery and architectural ceramics. The Victoria and Albert Museum has an extensive collection of ceramics, which includes the Salting Bequest. This is an outstanding collection of Kangxi blue and white, Famille Verte, with some Famille Noire and Blanc de Chine.
THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM OXFORD
Tel: (01865) 278000 Fax: (01865) 278018
The Ashmolean Museum re-opened to the public on 7 November 2009 following a £61 Million, four-year redevelopment. The 39 new galleries include Japan 1600-1850; Japan from 1850; China to AD 800; China from AD 800; The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese Painting; Art of the Islamic Middle East; India to AD 600; India from AD 800; Mughal India; Asian Crossroads; West meets East as well as galleries devoted to textiles, money, reading and writing and other cross-cultural themes that include Asian material. The Museum’s earliest acquisition of a major Indian sculpture is recorded as long ago as 1686.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge CB2 1RB
Tel: 01223 332900
Fax: 01223 332923
The collection of Korean art in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest outside the Far East, containing rich holdings of early unglazed ceramics, celadon stonewares of the Koryo dynasty, punch’ong wares and porcelains of the Choson dynasty as well as items in glass, jade, bronze, brass, lacquer and wood. The museum’s holdings also include Chinese and Japanese ceramics as well as an important collection of early English pottery and English porcelain.
THE LADY LEVER ART GALLERY
The Lady Lever Art Gallery Lady Lever Art Gallery
Port Sunlight Village
Tel : 0151 478 4136
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was founded by William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925) and is dedicated to the memory of his wife Elizabeth. The gallery contains the best of his personal art collection.
A new permanent display open from 5 July 2008, the Lever the Collector gallery, introduces the man and his collections, telling the story of how he built the gallery.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery’s collection is very rich in Famille Noire porcelains, a prominent type of Qing dynasty (1644-1912) porcelain that featured significantly in many British art collections around the turn of the 20th century. Famille Noire can be described as a sub-group of Famille Verte, which developed from the wucai palette (meaning five-colour) in the late Ming dynasty. The terms were coined by the French Jesuit and ceramic collector Albert Jacquemart in 1873 and Famille Noire can generally be defined as bearing a copper-green lead-based enamel over an unfired coating of Chinese cobalt ‘émail sur biscuit’ (on the biscuit). During enamel firing, the two combined to give an intensely black effect, with a hint of green. The technique was first used at Jingdezhen in the mid-15th century, but it disappeared again until the late 17th century, when it was taken up once more at the court of the emperor Kangxi (1662-1722).
12 Bennett Street
Bath BA1 2QL
Telephone: +44 (0)1225 464640 – Fax: +44 (0)1225 461718
Since opening to the public in April 1993, the Museum has gone from strength to strength, and has become one of the most extensive collections of East Asian art outside London. With a collection of almost 2,000 objects, ranging in date from c.5000 BC to the present day, the Museum offers its visitors a wonderful insight into the art and cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. With one of the most comprehensive jade collections in the UK and some of the finest bamboo carvings in Europe, the collection uncovers the finest achievements in East Asian craftsmanship.