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New Sheffield museum display gives visitors a glimpse of China

Alison Morton, of Museums Sheffield, with the Ming vase.

Alison Morton, of Museums Sheffield, with the Ming vase.

A ‘breath-taking’ 600-year-old vase has gone in display as the centrepiece of a new exhibition in Sheffield.

The 15th century blue and white Ming vase – described as one of the world’s finest examples of Chinese craftsmanship – is the star of Weston Park Museum’s Made in China display.

Standing just more than 50cm tall, the lotus-decorated vase is the largest Ming imperial porcelain of its kind in the British Museum collection.

It comes to Sheffield as part of a national tour exploring the impact the Ming dynasty has had on the arts in China and the world.

Other objects among the Made in China collection include a 13th century stoneware bowl made in China’s Zhejiang province, a Chinese porcelain tea caddy dating from the 1700s and an 1875 plate in Willow Pattern, the ubiquitous English design attributed to Thomas Minton and Josiah Spode which appropriated many Chinese decorative motifs.

Alison Morton, Museums Sheffield exhibition and display curator, said: “The craftsmanship in this imperial Ming vase is breath-taking. We’re delighted to be working with the British Museum to share it with our visitors.”

n Made in China will be on display at the museum until Sunday, October 5.

 

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