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The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art is a collection of Chinese ceramics and related items in London, England. The Foundation's main purpose is to promote the study and teaching of Chinese Art and culture. The Collection consists of over 1,400 pieces of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing porcelain from the 10th century to the 18th. It includes examples of the rare Ru and Guan ware and two temple vases dating from 1351 A.D. It also holds a large library of Western and East Asian books related to Chinese art. In 1950 the Collection was presented to the University of London by the collector and scholar Sir Percival David. It said to be second only to the National Palace Museum Collection in Taipei, Taiwan. The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word Κεραμεικος (the name of a suburb of Athens), and in its strictest sense refers to clay in all its forms. ... St. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Chinese art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (possibly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... Yuan (Traditional: å…ƒ or 圓; Simplified: å…ƒ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: yüan) is, in Chinese, the base unit of a currency, for example, U.S. dollar is Mei yuan (美元). However, in international context, Yuan as an English word refers to the Renminbi (RMBÂ¥, CN$). The English pronunciation is /ju:æn/, although in Chinese... The Ming Dynasty (Chinese: 明朝; Pinyin: míng cháo) was the ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644, though claims to the Ming throne (now collectively called the Southern Ming) survived until 1662. ... The Qing Dynasty (Manchu: daicing gurun; Chinese: 清朝; pinyin: qīng cháo; Wade-Giles: ching chao), sometimes known as the Manchu Dynasty, was founded by the Manchu clan Aisin Gioro, in what is today northeast China expanded into China proper and the surrounding territories of Inner Asia, establishing the... Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the universitys central administration offices and its library The University of London is a federation of colleges which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... Taipeis National Palace Museum with apartment complex blocking the view The National Palace Museum Main Entrance. ... City nickname: the City of Azaleas Capital District Xinyi Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 16 of 25 271. ...


Since 1952 the Collection has been located on Gordon Square in the Bloomsbury area of central London. The building, Number 53 Gordon Square, is a converted nineteenth century townhouse located near the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Categories: Stub | Streets of London | London squares | London parks and commons ... Bloomsbury is: An area of London in England - see Bloomsbury, London An English literary group - see Bloomsbury group A British publisher - see Bloomsbury Publishing Plc A Theatre - see The UCL Bloomsbury This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... // School of Oriental and African Studies The School of Oriental and African Studies (often abbreviated to SOAS) was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies - London Institution primarily to train British administrators for overseas postings across the empire, and has grown into one of the worlds foremost...


The collection dates back to 1927 when many of the items in the Forbidden City were being sold off by eunuchs and other members of the Imperial Household Department. The Dowager Empress is said to have used many items as collatoral for loans from various Chinese banks in 1901. Sir Percival David convinced the officials to mount a display of many of the best items. When they started to come on the market, David managed to buy some forty pieces one way or the other and export them to the United States. In 1930 he again returned to China and helped with various exhibitions and produced a series of catalogues of the pieces. He also managed to acquire more items through various dealers in Beijing. This means that many pieces were once owned by the Qing Emperors and several pieces have inscriptions added by the orders of the Emperor Qianlong (1736-95). 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... A eunuch is a male who is intentionally castrated to serve a socially defined function, such as a servant in a royal court, or as a singer. ... Empress Dowager (Chinese and Japanese: 皇太后; Chinese pinyin Húang Tài Hòu, Japanese pronunciation: Kōtaigō) was title given to the mother of a Chinese emperor. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Beijing   listen? (Chinese: 北京; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Pei-ching; Postal System Pinyin: Peking) is the capital city of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... The Qianlong Emperor (September 25, 1711–February 7, 1799) was the fifth emperor of the Manchu Qing dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China. ...


In 1931 David's collection was displayed in the Dorchester Hotel in London. It remained there until it was evacuated to the countryside during World War Two. Sir Percival David also created a Chair in Chinese Art and Architecture with the Courtauld Institute of Art, which is part of the University of London. Towards the end of his life he was determined to keep the collection together and to this end entered negotiations with the University of London. An agreement was reached to keep the collection and the library together in a Foundation attached to SOAS. The Chair that David had created was also moved to SOAS. Just before the opening of the Collection, the Foundation was also given a small collection of porcelain belonging to Mountstuart Elphinstone. The Collection opened to the public on 10 June 1952. 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... St. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... The Courtauld Institute of Art is a listed organisation of the University of London specialising in the study of the history of art. ... School of Oriental and African Studies The School of Oriental and African Studies (often abbreviated to SOAS) was founded in 1916 primarily as an institution to train British administrators for colonial postings, and has grown into one of the worlds foremost institutions for the study of Asia and Africa. ... Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779 - November 20, 1859) was a Scottish statesman and historian, associated with the British government of India. ... 1952 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


The Foundation has been a generous lender to other countries. It lent many items of Yuan Dynasty porcellain to Venice's 700 anniversary celebration of Marco Polo's expedition. It has also sent other items to places as far away as Japan and the United States. Location within Italy Venice (Italian Venezia), the city of canals, is the capital of the region of Veneto and of the province of Venice, 45°26′ N 12°19′ E, population 271,663 (census estimate 2004-01-01). ... Marco Polo, after a painting in Badia, Rome Marco Polo (b. ...


The Library collection is a working library and as such is open to researchers from around the world.


External link

  • Sir Percival David Foundation Web Site

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Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (562 words)
The Foundation's main purpose is to promote the study and teaching of Chinese Art and culture.
In 1950 the Collection was presented to the University of London by the collector and scholar Sir Percival David.
Sir Percival David also created a Chair in Chinese Art and Architecture with the Courtauld Institute of Art, which is part of the University of London.
The Provision and Use of Information on Chinese Art in London Libraries - 62nd IFLA General Conference (3592 words)
Many major European and American collections of Chinese art were developed during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the flow of objects out of China was facilitated by the political turmoil of the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, and the collapse of the Qing Empire.
London is one of the most important centres for study and research on Chinese art outside China because of its fine museums and private collections, its internationally active auction houses and art dealers, and also because of its world-acclaimed scholarship in universities and cura torial departments of museums.
Art historians, researchers, lecturers, museum curators, auction house professionals, private art dealers and students are the main components of this community.
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