A Matter of Taste

March 29 – May 31, 1986
The exhibition features over 100 items selected from private collections in California and are divided into the categories of Shiwan ceramic figures, Yixing stonewares, objects from the scholar’s studio (including the so-called “four treasures” L, painting and calligraphy, textiles, export wares, and decorative art objects (of jade, ivory, wood, and enamel).

The essence of Chinese taste is exemplified by the sophisticated curios of the scholar’s studio, the painting and calligraphy scrolls,. and the popular ceramic folkwares from China’s famous kilns, Yixing and Shiwan. Western aesthetic trends are revealed in the elegant export war.es comprised of porcelain plates and polychromed figurines which evince a hybrid style of Chinese and Western tastes.

An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, written by guest curators Terese Tse Bartholomew (Curator at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco) , Dr. Richard Strassberg (Adjunct Curator at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena gnd Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles), and James Tigerman (consultant and dealer in textiles).

The catalogue may be ordered from the Chinese Culture Center at 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, at $15.00 per copy (plus $2 for handling and shipping).

Slide lectures by the guest curators will be presented at the Chinese Culture Center’s auditorium on April 19 at 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Funding is provided in part by California Arts Council, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Louis R. Lurie Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, The Society. for Asian Art, and Chevron U.S.A., Inc.