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Dr. PENG Ying-chen

Assistant Professor
Chinese Art history
American University (Washington D.C.)

Fellowship Project

Dr. Peng Ying-chen spent seven months at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she studied the Asian ceramics collections of the museum and in the region, exploring the role European Asian art played in the formative era of American connoisseurship of Asian art.


Dr. Peng Ying-chen is Assistant Professor of Chinese art history at American University, Washington D.C. where she specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese material culture, with a focus on gender issues and the global exchange on craft art during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has published articles on the art patronage of Empress Dowager Cixi and curated an exhibition on Cixi’s art from the collection in the Summer Palace in Beijing.

Recent Development and Achievement

    Dr. Peng is completing her research on the establishment of East Asian craft art collections in the 19th century U.S. She will also embark on two new research projects in the coming five years. One extends from the current project and turns to the role Jun-type ware played in modern studio pottery in the west. The second one will be on China’s last imperial kiln master Guo Baochang. This project will contextualize his contribution to porcelain making, his influence on the establishment of modern scholarship on Chinese ceramics, and the controversy of his involvement in the antique trade in the early twentieth century.

Selected Publication(s)

  • Peng Y. C. (Forthcoming). Artful Subversion: Empress Dowager Cixi’s Image Making in Art. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Peng Y. C. (Forthcoming). Gendered Blue: Women’s Jeans in Post-War Taiwan. In M. Belli (Ed.), Gendered Thread of Globalization. Manchester: University of Manchester Press.
  • Peng Y. C. (Forthcoming). Entry of Empress Dowager Cixi. Grove Encyclopedia of Asian Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Peng Y. C. (2019). The Dayazhai ware porcelains in the Rijksmuseum reconsidered. Aziatische Kunst, 49(3), 14-17.
  • Peng Y. C. (2018). Shopping China in Europe: Samuel P. Avery (1822-1904) and the Collecting of East Asian Ceramics in the United States. In C. Howald (Ed.), Acquiring Cultures: Histories of World Art on Western Markets (pp. 47-68). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Peng Y. C. (2018). In the Name of Filial Piety: Qing Empresses and Qing Court Politics. In J. Stuart and D. Y. Y. Wu (Eds.), Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912 (pp. 129-141). New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Peng Y. C. (2017). Reconfiguring Patriarchal Space: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the Reconstruction of the Gardens of Nurtured Harmony. In L. C. W. Blanchard, & K. Chiem (Eds.), Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th–20th Centuries (pp. 191-223). Boston: Brill.
  • Peng Y. C. (2013). Lingering between tradition and innovation: photographic portraits of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908). Ars Orientalis, 43, 157-75.
  • Peng Y. C. (2012). A palace of her own: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the reconstruction of the Wanchun Yuan. Nan Nü, 14(1), 47-74.