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date: 18 August 2019

Kempe, (Johan) Carllocked

(b Stockholm, Dec 8, 1884; d Örnsköldsvik, July 7, 1967).
  • S. J. Vernoit

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(b Stockholm, Dec 8, 1884; d Örnsköldsvik, July 7, 1967).

Swedish collector. His first interest was in the polychrome porcelains of the Qing period (1644–1911), which were imported into Sweden in large quantities during the 18th century by the Swedish East India Company, founded in 1731. During a visit to China in 1935 his attention was drawn to monochrome wares of the Song period (960–1279) and white wares of the early part of the Ming period (1368–1644). He also acquired fine examples of porcelains and porcellanous stonewares of the Tang period (ad 618–907). Other white wares in his collection included Ding, Ming-period porcelains and white wares from Dehua, Fujian Province (see China, People’s Republic of §VIII 3., (iv), (b)). He also acquired celadons from the kilns at Longquan in Zhejiang Province and Yue wares (see China, People’s Republic of §VIII 3., (iv), (b)). It was the shape and the glazes of ceramics, rather than their decoration, that fascinated him most....

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