Monday, December 5, 2011

Books on Porcelain

This is a selection of our large collection of books on porcelain:

Symbols On Chinese Porcelain: 10,000 Times Happiness by Eva Strober. The decorative details on Chinese porcelain are admired especially for their striking beauty, but the symbolic language hidden within them is less well-known in the West. From the very beginning until today Chinese culture has encompassed an enormous wealth of symbolic motifs, not only as ceramic decorations but also in painting, on textiles and varnished objects. Motifs bringing good luck like colours and numbers, mythical beings, animals and plants represent the striving for cosmic harmony, health and beauty, a long life, wealth, a happy marriage and numerous male descendents. The intellectual playfulness and the pleasure of deciphering are traditionally an important element of the appreciation of art in China. This publication shows around 80 masterpieces spanning 1000 years. They belong to the internationally significant collection of Chinese ceramics at the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, the Dutch National Museum of Ceramics. The 'hidden' meanings of these objects' symbols have been explained and interpreted for the first time. An indispensable reference book that not only presents the most important and interesting Chinese porcelain objects from the Princessehof collection, but also constitutes a 'handbook' of Chinese symbols and visual imagery.

Chinese Porcelain.  This compact hardback offers high quality illustrations of single exampes of Chinese porcelain artefacts of different styles and periods. Provenance details and a short note accompany each of the 100 or so articles from different sources or collections.

Iznik Pottery by John Carswell. Some of the greatest glories of Ottoman art are the luxurious ceramic vessels and splendid tiles made to decorate newly founded mosques and palaces by the Turkish pottery at Iznik (ancient Nicaea). Their designs combine purely Turkish motifs with elements ingeniously transposed from imported Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. This book tells the story of Iznik ceramics through a wealth of illustrations, including 83 colour and 25 black-and-white and line illustrations. Most of the pieces are drawn from the world-famous collection of the British Museum. With index.

Mounted Oriental Porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Revised Edition) by Gillian Wilson. Beginning in the Middle Ages Europeans mounted exotic objects such as oriental porcelain in settings of precious or semiprecious metal as a tribute to the rarity and value of the pieces. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, it became increasingly fashionable in Parisian society to decorate the interiors of houses with Far Eastern materials such as lacquer and mounted porcelain. The marchands-mercier, the merchants of the luxury markets, devised settings of silver, gold, and gilt bronze, many examples of which are in the collection of the Getty Museum and illustrated in Mounted Oriental Porcelain. In this revised edition, thirty-two items are catalogued, ranging in date from 1665 to 1785. Gillian Wilson, curator of decorative arts at the Getty Museum, provides commentary on each object, along with information on marks, provenance, exhibitions, and publications. The introductory essay is by the late Sir Francis Watson, who was director of the Wallace Collection in London and surveyor of the Queen's works of art.

Ethereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases Of The Imperial Qing - The Huaihaitang Collection edited by Peter Lam Y.K. This exhibition catalogue, published by the Art Museum, showcases a total of 143 pieces of imperial porcelain vases of the Qing dynasty, selected from the Huaihaitang Collection of the world-renowned collector, Mr. Anthony K. W. Cheung. Production of porcelain reached its peak in the Qing dynasty. While inheriting tradition, the Imperial Factory of Jingdezhen also revealed its creativity and refined ceramic technology. This catalogue features an array of such masterpieces, highlighting the fine craftsmanship and the extravagance of the imperial collection. With slipcase.

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