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Royal Taste

The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China

Fan Jeremy Zhang (ed.)

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 972 5

    Size: 292 x 241 mm / 9½ x 11½ in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 224

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    Date published: October, 2015

    UK £45 /US $65


  • Features objects which have never been seen before outside China
  • Their quality of craftsmanship and beauty of design testify to the richness and sophistication of the art and culture of the nobility in the provinces.
  • Published to accompany an exhibition at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which runs from 9 October 2015 to 10 January 2016


Royal Taste offers a rare opportunity to examine more than a hundred objects from five museums in Hubei, China, including metal and porcelain work, jewellery, paintings and sculpture. Highlights include exciting archaeological finds from recently excavated royal tombs and state-commissioned Daoist statues from Mt Wudang that illustrate the luxurious life and religious practice of princely courts in early and mid-Ming China (1368-1644).

With essays and entries from seven leading scholars, this beautifully illustrated catalogue offers fresh perspectives on the material culture of China at a time before Europe entered its great age of discovery. Major themes include the impact of state patronage on Daoist and Tibetan Buddhist art, and the role of princely courts in defining late imperial Chinese art and culture.

Further information on the exhibition is available from the museum website.

Author information

Fan Jeremy Zhang is Associate Curator of Asian Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.