The deep waters off the coasts of Peninsular Malaysia as well as Sabah and Sarawak still hold the wrecks of many ships carrying Chinese porcelain dating from the Yuan, Ming and Qing eras.
These Chinese ceramics have now become highly desired collectibles that fetch up to tens of thousands of ringgit in antique shops as well as at auctions.
One of the world’s leading experts on Chinese ceramics from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, Prof Cao Jianwen, is in Kuala Lumpur to help authenticate ancient ceramics found in Malaysia, including blue-and-white porcelain and celadon.
Prof Cao is delivering a lecture today on the Authentication of Jingdezhen Porcelain Exported to Southeast Asia during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
The slide presentation and authentication session will include Prof Cao’s research findings on the origins of the ceramic export trade to South-East Asia, kiln sites, types of porcelain, motifs, glazes, forms, uses and trade destinations.