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Imperial Taste

Monday, July 24th, 1989

In the 12th century, the Emperor Quian­long, who was a also a poet, said, “I want color”. He got color: exquisite pale blues and greens that seem to float on the surface of the bowls’ smooth surfaces like clouds; purple splashes called “the sky at dusk”; and a pale cobalt blue that seems distilled from a serene and cloud­less summer sky.

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