“Made in China”

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Carp tureens 1760-80, porcelain with enamel decoration, width 45.5 cms. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

“Made in China”

Symposium Invitation

Members and guests are warmly invited to attend the “Made in China” symposium. Our three guest speakers will focus on several aspects of trade
ceramics produced by China for markets other than Europe.

Jackie Menzies’ introductory Overview will discuss the sheer scale of the Chinese export ceramic industry to markets in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America. The trade which began in the 9th century, continues today with ceramic shapes and decoration determined by the demands of various markets. Jackie’s presentation will survey the diversity of styles found in export ceramics, highlighting some of the finest, most extravagant or most intriguing examples.

Jackie Menzies is President of TAASA. Previously, she was head of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales where she was involved in the research and display of their Chinese ceramic collection.

In his presentation, John Yu will explore Chinese Trade Ware for Southeast Asia and its influence on local ceramic production. When we think of Chinese trade ceramics, we often think about 17th -18th century trade ceramics made for Western Europe but Chinese kilns produced ceramic wares for export in the Song and Yuan periods for East Asia and later, for the Southeast Asian market. John will examine ceramics made for Vietnam and the Philippines and beyond to Indonesia.

John Yu is a retired paediatrician and a collector for over 40 years of Southeast Asian ceramics and textiles. John has served on several museum and gallery boards as well as on TAASA’s founding board. More recently, his collection has been exhibited at two exhibitions at Mosman Art Gallery: Encounters with Bali and Upacara-Ceremonial Art from Southeast Asia.

Carl Wantrup will highlight Ko-sometsuke and Shonsui wares: Chinese Porcelain for the Japanese market in the late Ming. Carl will describe and show examples of some of the output of Chinese blue and white porcelain production from private kilns in Jingdezhen for the Japanese market during the Tianqi and Chongzhen reigns at the end of the Ming dynasty. These are known as ko-sometsuke and Shonsui wares in Japan made specifically for the Japanese tea ceremony in accordance with designs by tea masters. He will also be discussing the cultural background of the tea ceremony and its changing tastes and design aesthetics.

Carl Wantrup has been collecting, dealing and consulting in Asian works of arts for over twenty years. He is an independent researcher of Japanese ceramics and specifically wares related to the Japanese tea ceremony, including Chinese ceramics ordered for the Japanese market.

Members are invited to bring along their relevant pieces for display and discussion.

HOW TO BOOK: Please RSVP your attendance by email to Margaret White (margaret.artmoves@gmail.com) by Friday 10 February. Please RSVP before paying.


1. By Direct Debit (“your name SYMPOSIUM” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card or Paypal on this website – see booking button on top right of this page


18 February, 2023
10:30 am - 1:00 pm AEDT
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