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This book describes the production of porcelain, which reached a peak of technical perfection in the early eighteen century, and sets it against a wider historical and political background. The story is followed right through to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a period which has often been neglected. Information on techniques and on kiln construction is linked with descriptions of the personalities behind the industry. Technological advances led to many manufacturing and decorating innovations, which are illustrated by key pieces from the V&A's fine collection. Rich color glazes, sparkling blue and white and brilliant enamel-decorated vessels are all testimony to the important role played by ceramics in the history of Chinese art and design.
This volume is the result of much careful effort and enterprise on the part of the author. For the visual documentation alone the book is well worth having in the libraries of all those interested in Chinese ceramics. (South China Morning Post, Aug. 11, 1990)
In this extraordinary volume, Wood provides a window, an avenue perhaps, into the composition and techniques used by ancient Chinese potters to achieve superb glazes admired by potters all over the world. It is an exhaustive study of both high and low temperature glazes; in a clear, straightforward manner, Wood explains how old recipes can be transcribed for today's raw materials. In a well-documented text, beautifully illustrated by both color and black-and-white photographs, Wood describes Chinese ceramic development, from the Bronze Age through the Tang and Song dynasty monochrome stoneware glazes, to the fine porcelains of Southern China. A must-have volume not only for potters but for those seeking information on Chinese glazes.
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A New Comprehensive Survey Form the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
by Li He
From the Publisher
China has the longest and most highly developed ceramic tradition in the world, encompassing early Neolithic earthenwares, the finely glazed stoneware pieces of the Song period, and the years of Imperial patronage and export ware for the new markets of the West. Most studies of Chinese art deal with types, period or styles, but this historical examination of Chinese ceramics, which uses recent research, explains how the evolution of pottery depended upon the technological developments of the Chinese culture. The book's practical approach makes full use of archaeological reports to show how differing geographical areas, materials and developing technology all shaped the evolution of Chinese ceramics.
Export Porcelain, Standard Patterns and Forms, 1780-1880:
Standard Patterns and Forms
by Nancy Schiffer, Herbert Schiffer
Chinese Export Porcelain, Standard Patterns and Forms contains over 1000
items illustrated in black and white and 49 color plates. This book tells the story of the
exciting and dangerous "China Trade." The principal purpose of this book is to
show and discuss the many forms and variations that have made this field so fascinating.
The text is simple and factual and explodes many cherished myths and fantasies about these wares. The pictures and captions tell the story.
Ceramics: Beauty, Color, and Passion
by Fredrikke Scollard, Teresa Tse Bartholomew
Paperback (1995) Hardcover (1995)
Among the ceramic sculptures of China, none can surpass the Schiwan figures in terms of modeling, vivid expression, and colorful glazes. This presentation of the Shiwan ceramics features 100 figurines and vessels from American collections dating from the Song dynasty to the present. An appendix includes signatures and seals from the pieces.
Exhibition of Ch'Ing Dynasty Enameled Porcelain of Imperial Ateliers
Written in English & Chinese
|The British Museum Book of Chinese Art
by Jessica Rawson, Anne Farrer, Jane Portal, Shelagh Vainker
The Arts of China
by Michael Sullivan