SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar consults on Chinese Imperial porcelain for Japan broadcaster's flagship documentary

2 April 2014

Dr Stacey Pierson, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London, consulted on Chinese Imperial porcelain for  a documentary on the National Palace Museum of Taiwan by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

The two-part documentary includes a focus on the odyssey behind the distribution of objects from the Imperial Collections, including footage on objects that are now in the British Museum.

Dr Pierson, who was interviewed this week at the British Museum, provided expert commentary on the examples of Imperial porcelain on display at Gallery 95 in the British Museum.

These objects were collected by Sir Percival David, the famous Sinologist and collector of Chinese porcelain, whose collection is now considered one of the finest in the world. Sir David was also a great benefactor of the University of London, funding the first degree in Chinese Art and Archaeology at SOAS in 1930, Leonard Woolley's excavations of Ur for the Institute of Archaeology and refugee scholars from Germany for the Warburg Institute.

Chinese ceramics
Porcelain jar with doucai enamel decoration china, chenghua period (1465-87)

Dr Pierson was the last curator of Percival David Foundation, when it was previously at SOAS. She has extensive knowledge of the National Palace Museum collection in Taiwan and has written numerous publications on the porcelains of the Percival David Collections, which are now on permanent display at the British Museum.

The documentary will be aired on NHK Special, the flagship documentary shown on NHK’s terrestrial channel, which has a viewership of 10 million.