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China’s Porcelain Capital

China’s Porcelain Capital: The Rise, Fall and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen

by Maris Boyd Gillette

Maris Boyd Gillette is E. Desmond Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History, University of Missouri, St Louis, USA. She is the author of ‘Between Mecca and Beijing: Modernization and Consumption among Urban Chinese Muslims’ (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474259446
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-5944-6 (online)

    978-1-4742-5941-5 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-5942-2 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-5943-9 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First published
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2019
China’s Porcelain Capital
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Maris Gillette’s groundbreaking study tells the story of Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital, from its origins in 1004 in Song dynasty China to the present day.

Gillette explores how Jingdezhen has been affected by state involvement in porcelain production, particularly during the long 20th century. She considers how the Chinese government has consumed, invested in, taxed and managed the local ceramics industry, and the effects of this state intervention on ceramists’ lives, their local environment and the nature of the goods they produce. Gillette traces how Jingdezhen experienced the transition from imperial rule to state ownership under communism, the changing fortunes of the ceramics industry in the early 21st century, the decay and decline that accompanied privatisation, and a revival brought about by an entrepreneurial culture focusing on the manufacture of highly-prized ‘art porcelain’.