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Author Chen, Kai Jun, author.

Title Porcelain for the emperor : manufacture and technocracy in Qing China / Kai Jun Chen
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (x, 211 pages) : illustrations
Contents Bannermen Technocrats in the Mid-Qing -- A New Knowledge Culture in Imperial Workshops -- Tang Ying's Illustrated Manual of Ceramic Production -- Innovations and Experiments in Porcelain Manufacture -- Conclusion
Summary "The exquisite ceramic ware produced at the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory at Jingdezhen in southern China functioned as a kind of visual propaganda for the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) court. Through a detailed study of porcelain manufacture loosely structured around the career of the Manchu bannerman Tang Ying, who supervised ceramic production for the emperor, this volume considers the role of specialist officials in producing the technological knowledge and distinctive artistic forms that were essential to cultural policies of the Chinese state. Through fiscal management, technical experimentation, and design, these imperial technocrats facilitated rationalized manufacturing in precapitalist and preindustrial society. The volume draws on first-hand archaeological evidence from Jingdezhen, the foremost site of porcelain manufacture, as well as the voluminous Archive of the Imperial Handicraft Workshops to investigate a regional factory, the imperial design system, technological treatises, experiments deployed in porcelain manufacture, and court regulations. Grounded in methods for studying science and technology in society, as well as literary and art history, it contributes to scholarship on global empires and on the history of science and technology in China. In describing how the imperial state's intervention in industry has left a lingering imprint on modern China through its labor-intensive modes of production, the division of domestic and foreign markets, and a technocratic culture of centralization, it provides a new perspective for understanding the technology behind goods "made in China.""-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 06, 2023)
Subject Tang, Ying, 1682-1756.
Tang, Ying, 1682-1756.
Porcelain industry -- China -- Jingdezhen -- History -- 18th century
Art and state -- China -- History -- 18th century
Art and technology -- China -- History -- 18th century
Art and state.
Art and technology.
Porcelain industry.
Qing Dynasty (China)
HISTORY / Asia / China
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912.
China -- Jingdezhen.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022015087
ISBN 9780295750835