Shufu (樞府) wares are white glaze (known as “egg white” or luanbai, 卵白 ceramics produced during the Yuan dynasty (1279- 1368) that have a small slightly convex base forming a nipple in the centre and a neatly cut, splayed foot. A number of these, inscribed with the Chinese characters 'Shu' and 'Fu' and other characters have been regarded as indicating wares made for the Imperial Palace, nobility or Privy Council of State (Shumi Yuan, 樞密院), the ministry concerned with military and civil affairs, and were used for ceremonial purposes. It was probably from the early years of the 14th century that the Shumi Yuan was in a position to commission Shufu wares at Hutian in Jingdezhen. In addition, a number of Shufu wares have been found in Southeast Asia, suggesting that they were made for export.
During this talk, Mr. Li will introduce ceramics manufacturing in Jingdezhen during the Yuan dynasty followed by a detailed discussion of the different forms and decorative motifs of Shufu wares. Mr. Li will also offer his insights into the export porcelain trade of the 13th and 14th centuries and the influence of Shufu wares on other types of porcelain wares of the times, including blue-and-white and copper red ceramics.