01 octobre 2009


Certains chercheurs comme Phạm Hy Tùng et Trần Đình Sơn proposent de classer dans la catégorie des « Porcelaines (commandées durant) des Lê postérieurs » (1533-1788) des porcelaines sans marque, à décor particulier qu’ils considèrent comme vaisselle commandée pour les rois Lê. Certes, des porcelaines à décor similaire sont nombreux au Vietnam (plus qu’ailleurs) et qu’on retrouve ce motif sur un autel de la pagode de Tây Phuong (datant du XVIIIe s.), rien ne prouve, en l’actuel des recherches, qu’elles furent... [Lire la suite]
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30 septembre 2009


A force de voir l’expression « Bleu de Huê » appliquée à de communes porcelaines chinoises destinées à l’exportation pour le marché du sud-est asiatique, je pense qu’il est nécessaire de définir ce qu’est un « Bleu de Huê ». L'expression bleu de Hué fut inventée par Louis Chochod en 1909 pour désigner les porcelaines à décor peint en bleu de cobalt sous couverte qu'il découvrait à Huế : « Il existe deux catégories de porcelaines appelées "bleu de Hué". Les premières sont... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2008

Allegory of the Filial piety.

The rebus ornamentation was considered insufficient by Dang Huy Tru, the poet used another way so as to closely associating the rebus and the literally references. On a bowl1, the decor displays two qilin standing on clouds. The apparition of this fabulous animal, one of the four great mythical animals of China, means a happy omen, the securing of a good government or the birth of virtuous rulers. For example, Chinese writers said that it appeared during the reigns of the Emperors Yao and Shun or at the birthday of... [Lire la suite]
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24 août 2008

An tribute to his father.

The ancestral temple of the Dang family younger branch was created for Dang Van Trong. Therefore, Dang Huy Tru commissioned some vessels to pay homage to his father, the Ancestor of his branch. The everted bowl1 is design to offer water on the ancestors’ altar. The decor shows a landscape in winter with five axis (deers) under a pine tree. Five inscriptions were written next to the drawing: Dông mach tu co tung, “Winter rain is (at the origin of) the gathering under the solitary pine”, and on the mark only the Dông... [Lire la suite]
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22 août 2008

Allegory of Happiness and Emoluments.

For the Vietnamese, a happiness family must have a numerous offspring, which perpetuates wealth for the family properties. Therefore, there is a need to have successfully educated sons as to rise as high as possible in the administrative high career and therefore obtain honours for his family. The honour is very different from wealth that binds up with money. It is comparable to happiness and prosperity. This wish is illustrated on the covered bowls of rice1 of the collection of Dang Mau Son (Ho Chi Minh city), a... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2008

Allegory of an Happiness progeny.

The iconography of the Dang Huy Tru porcelains is rich and various. The design of the ceremonial vessel is very important. It can only express the respect and the filial piety. Thus, the ancestors could be expected to see the decoration as they accepted the food. Moreover, this vessel would always remain example for all future generations. The ornamentation selected by a scholar, as Dang Huy Tru, could only use the rebus decor. The basic mechanism of rebuses operates through the interaction between imagery, Chinese... [Lire la suite]
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18 août 2008

The worship vessel commissioned in China by Dang Huy Tru.

In Vietnam, the ancestral worship plays a particularly importance in the religious believes. Buddhists, Catholics or non-believers honour the memory of their ancestors. All families carried out ancestor worshipping and inside most houses had their own altars. However, the rich families had a separate family ancestral temple, which size was according to the status of the family. The altar of the First Ancestor, the founder of the family, is always placed in the centre. The tradition wants that, outside of the founder ancestor,... [Lire la suite]
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16 août 2008

Dang Huy Tru : The man and his missions in China.

A native of the village of Thanh Luong (actually Thanh Ke, Huong Tra, Thua Thien Hue province), Dang Huy Tru belongs to a family of scholars and officials. His ancestors came from the North but had move to the South during the 16th century, following the Nguyen Lords. Dang Quang Minh was a soothsayer at the court of Nguyen Phuc Thai (1687-1691). His descendant, Quang Tuan (1752-1825) found refuge in the village of Thanh Luong when the Trinh troops attacked Phu Xuan (actually Hue). He opened a private school where, during the... [Lire la suite]
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