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Art Study Center Seminar: Revealing the Mysteries of Jun Ware Ceramics

Flowerpot with Barbed, Foliate Rim, Chinese, probably 15th century. Numbered Jun ware: light gray stoneware with variegated purple and blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 3 incised into base.
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane, 1942.185.5.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This event is at capacity.

Numbered Jun wares, which bear marks of a single Chinese numeral on their bases, have long been admired for their fine potting, distinctive shapes, and radiant blue and purple glazes. These strikingly beautiful containers for flowers and plants are rare in most museum collections. Outside of the imperial collections in Beijing and Taipei, the Harvard Art Museums hold the largest and finest collection of numbered Jun anywhere—a total of 60 in all. A selection of these ceramics will be on display in the exhibition Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace (May 20–August 13, 2017).

This seminar provides an introduction and preview of works to be featured in the exhibition and also discusses the fascinating analytical work that scientists and conservators at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies have been undertaking in preparation for the exhibition. The session will be led by exhibition curator Melissa A. Moy, the Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art; Susan Costello, associate conservator of objects and sculpture; and Lucy Cooper, the Beal Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Science.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but capacity is limited to 15 and registration is recommended. To register, please email
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk. Note that there is a wait list for this program; spots unclaimed by 11am will be released to those on the wait list. Please be prepared to present a photo ID.
Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.