Anette Mertens, in collaboration with Mareile Flitsch


Jadegleiche Porzellane und ihre Meister in Longquan, VR China


240 pages
28 x 22 cm, 381 ills, hardcover

 48,00 incl. VAT

Exhibition: Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich (CH), 24.11.2019–20.9.2020
ISBN 978-3-89790-574-0 Category:


Ever since at least the ninth century, the Chinese province of Zhejiang has been known for its fine celadon porcelain with its wonderful shimmering surfaces in qing, the magnificent shades of green. Chinese celadon enjoyed its golden age from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, a time when it found its way into the imperial collections and was exported worldwide. The decline of craftsmanship followed, and by the end of the nineteenth century it had almost disappeared completely. It was not until the 1950s that it was successfully brought back to life. In the 1990s changes to the market economy forced porcelain artisans to reorient; to this day they have since been able to successfully align themselves, similar to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage system, as Living State Treasures and masters with their unparalleled celadon glazes. The publication offers an exciting social anthropological insight into the cultural history, technology and sociality of celadon production in the porcelain metropolis of Longquan, PR, China, up to the present day.


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