Wednesday, September 21, 2011

These are recent additions to our wide collection of books on Ceramics:

Korean Buncheong Ceramics from the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art by Soyoung Lee and Jeong Seung-Chang. Bold, sophisticated, engaging, and startlingly modern, Buncheong ceramics emerged as a distinct Korean art form in the 15th and 16th centuries, only to be eclipsed on its native ground for more than 400 years by the overwhelming demand for porcelain. Elements from the Buncheong idiom were later revived in Japan, where its spare yet sensual aesthetic was much admired and where descendants of Korean potters lived and worked. This innovative study features 60 masterpieces from the renowned Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, as well as objects from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and presents current scholarship on Buncheong's history, manufacture, use, and overall significance. The book illustrates why this historical art form continues to resonate with Korean and Japanese ceramists working today and with contemporary viewers worldwide.

Meiji Ceramics: The Art of Japanese Export Porcelain and Satsuma Ware 1868-1912 by Gisela  Jahn. This book examines the history of Japanese export porcelain in the Meiji era in the context of political, economic and cultural developments and with special emphasis on stylistic influence from the West. The more than 150 illustrations reproduce major items made in all the main centers of ceramic production by a wide variety of artists-craftsmen. The domestic market and national exhibitions, leading craftsmen, manufacturers and trading companies, inscriptions and marks are the subject of appendices. A detailed chronology, a glossary and a bibliography complete this first-ever comprehensive account of Japanese export ceramics in the Meiji era.

Scientific Research on Historic Asian Ceramics, Proceedings of the Fourth Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery Art by Blythe Mccarthy, Ellen Salzman Chase et al.. Asian ceramics in their many forms and functions - utilitarian, aesthetic, and religious - are the subject of this volume. Through analysis of their composition, technology, typology, and use, researchers from all over the world examine their similarities and differences, and explore broader questions regarding their historical and cultural context, such as trade and technology transfer between East and West Asia. Topics include Myanmar ceramics, Seljuq tiles, Korean and Chinese high-fired ceramics, Chinese and Japanese lead-glazed wares, Chinese funerary sculptures, Khmer kilns, and the study of ceramics through inscriptions. With colour plates.

New and Revised Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics by Gerald Davison, Gerald. The 2010 publication of this revised handbook on markings is a major landmark for anyone concerned with Chinese ceramics. An illustrated introduction on the development of Chinese script, the usage, styles and symbolism of markings is followed by inset reproductions of all known markings, a total of 3392. These are all numbered in sections, according to the number of characters and also those in Zhuanshu script and marks which comprise symbols and not characters. The final section is a directory of marks in pinyin romanisation and in English translation with general notes on usage.

Chinese Ceramics by Stacey Pierson. This history of Chinese ceramic design draws on the major collections at the V&A Museum. The extensively illustrated chapters are on: patterns of production, manufacture and industry including blue-and-white ceramics; aesthetics, design and style including decoration and the meaning of dragons over the centuries; consumption in China and beyond including religious usages, global trade and evidences from shipwrecks; and Chinese ceramics in the modern world, including artist-designed and politically motivated post-Imperial artefacts. With map, chronology, bibliography and index.

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