Friday, December 21, 2012

Books on Porcelain and Ceramics

These are recent additions to our collection of titles on porcelain and ceramics:

Porcelain: Highlights of Auctioned Chinese Antiques by Fang Zhaoyuan. The five volumes in this series of books are on: Jade Ware, Porcelain, Bronze Ware, Chinese Classical Furniture and Bamboo Wood Ivory and Horn. Each volume consists of Overview and Plate, and generally introduces the culture of collection, together with investment trends for various antiques. The Plate section handpicks more than 150 antiques with the highest strike price and exquisite pattern from tens of thousands of competitive products auctioned over the last 10 years.

Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery by Patricia Bjaaland Welch. A knowledge of the meaning or significance of figures and symbols depicted in artwork adds of course to the understanding of the beholder. China's artefacts over the ages have been rich in symbolism. This extensively illustrated and volume unlocks what the artist wants to convey by figures and symbols in artefacts in porcelain, textiles, carvings, paintings and sculpture. Separate chapters deal with: flowers and plants; fruits, vegetables and seeds; minerals; birds; real and imaginary creatures; children; single and grouped human figures; deities; religious symbolism; and inanimate objects. With 600 colour insets, addresses of collections, bibliography, and glossary/index.

Yasuhisa Kohyama: The Art of Ceramics by Susan Jefferies and Michael Cunningham. Yasuhisa Kohyama's masterly ceramics are inspired by the ancient Shigaraki, Jomon and Yayoi ceramics of Japan. Using the distinctive Shigaraki clay and a wood-firing anagama kiln, he has created modern ceramic vessels and sculpture, which are vigorous and new, but timeless in their beauty.

Inspired by Japan and China: The Egawa Collection of European Ceramics. This book showcases a collection of European ceramics donated by Mr. and Mrs. Toshio Egawa to the Asian Civilisation Museum. Produced mainly in the 18th century in English and European kilns, these wares reflect Japanese and Chinese influence. Gain insight into the development of ceramics production in the West and how its products were inspired by patterns and shapes of the Japanese and Chinese originals. Also discover the interactions between East Asia and Europe on ceramic art and the economic exchanges that set the stage for these cultural cross-currents.

Korean Buncheong Ceramics from the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art by Lee Soyoung 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.

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