The ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ and Porcelain Design

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The Commedia dell’Arte was used as an inspiration for the decoration of both pottery and porcelain. Well known characters such as Harlequin and Pantalone were produced as porcelain figurines by the Meissen factory.

This first edition text, dating from 1729, recounts in Latin and German the burlesque scenes and amorous tales of the Commedia dell’Arte. The text is accompanied by twelve engravings illustrating the narrative. The illustrations were drawn by Johann Jacob Schübler (1689-1741) and engraved on copper by Johann Balthasar Probst for this work. Drawings and etchings such as these were the inspiration for figurines produced by Meissen. These particular engravings also served as models for a series of ten porcelain figures, designed around 1765 by Wenzel Neu for the porcelain factory of Kloster Veilsdorf.

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Publication details:

Amor, vehementer quidem flagrans; artificiose tamen celatus, de Pantalonis custodiaque triumphans, intentato certamine prudentum stultorum. Sive Arlechin viva pictura ridiculesque Cupido.

Die war hefftig entflammte/Doch aber füftlich verborgene und über Pantalons Kufficht Triumphirende Amor, den angeftelltem Bett : Streit fluger Phantaften oder Arlechin das lebendige Bemahlde und lȁcherl Cupido.

Folio with 13 sheets, 12 engravings, paperback, untrimmed edges, contemporary marbled paper cover. Leather-trimmed chemise and slipcase. (Augsburg, the heirs of Jeremias Wolff, Johann Balthazar Probst, Johann Jacob Schubler, 1729.)

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New in – Murrina Vasa, A Luxury of Imperial Rome

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‘Murrhine’ vases; a study and survey of 312 surviving Agate and Chalcedony vases of antiquity, both whole and fragmentary, frequently in Medieval and later mounts. This  publication also includes a survey of the sources of hardstone and an appendix on glass imitations of ‘Murrhine’ vases.

Details:

  • Murrina Vasa, A Luxury of Imperial Rome
  • Dario del Bufalo
  • L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016
  • Text in English and Italian
  • 204 pages with over 400 illustrations predominantly in colour
  • Hardback, 28.5 x 21.5 cm
  • 9788891309976
  • £125

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Other recent publications to complement this title include:

 

Splendida Minina; wonderful  miniature precious hardstone carvings from the Medici Collections.

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Details:

  • Splendida Minima. Piccole Sculture Preziose dalle Collezioni Medicee. dalla Tribuna di Francesco i De’ Medici al Tesoro Granducale.
  • ValentinaConticelli, Riccardo Gennaioli, Fabrizio Paolucci
  • Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 2016
  • Text in Italian
  • 320 pages, fully illustrated
  • Paperback, 28 x 22 cm
  • 9788883478772
  • £45

And

luxus

Luxus; an extensive study of ancient Greek and Roman artistry, which explores some of the most notable artefacts created from an assortment of luxury materials – hard stones (intaglios, vessels, cameos, and sculptures), precious metals (gold and silver), and organic materials (amber, pearls, coral, wood, ivory and textiles).

Details:

  • Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome
  • Kenneth Lapatin
  • Yale University Press, 2015
  • 296 pages with 243 colour illustrations
  • Hardback, 28.4 x 23.7 cm
  • 9781606064221
  • £50

 

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New in Today! Bertrand’s Toyshop in Bath: Luxury Retailing 1685-1765

101564The story of Bath told through the richly varied ‘toyshop’ trade in the early 18th century. Toys were expensive luxuries such as snuffboxes, buckles, porcelain and scientific instruments. Paul Bertrand’s previously unknown bank account reveals his London suppliers and his customers, including over 100 trades and occupations.

Publication details as follows:

Brett, Vanessa:  Bertrand’s Toyshop in Bath: Luxury Retailing 1685-1765.  Wetherby: 2014. 364 pages, 230 illustrations. Hardback. 24.5 x 17.2cms.
101564   £ 48.00

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Catalogue of the Collection of the Pavlovsk Palace Museum

The former Russian imperial residence of Paul I and his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, the collection of the Pavlovsk Palace Museum was formed following the royal couple’s Grand Tour of Europe in 1781-2. It ranges across a broad spectrum of luxury porcelain, antique and 18th-century sculpture, old master painting, decorative textiles, and architectural drawings, and is a document of the Russian Imperial taste for refinement and luxury, which rivaled the great European courts of its day.

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Pavlovsk Palace: Its History and Destiny

Vol. I.i Spavlovsk palace history and destinyt. Petersburg: 2008. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections.  232 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

An illustrated history of the palace’s construction, restoration and incarnation as a museum.  Chapters are devoted to the Russian sculptors, architects and artists commissioned to produce works, as well as the many royals who lived there. Archival photographs testify to its recent history, including an account of the aerial bombardment and German occupation of the palace in World War II.  Text in Russian.
101224   £ 60.00

Sculpture: Pavlovsk Park sculpture

interiors pavlovskVol I.ii St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. Paperback. 151 pages, fully illustrated.  21 x 27cms.

Much of the design and sculptural programme of Pavlovsk Palace Park was inspired by Emperor Paul I’s visits to the palaces of Versailles and Chantilly on his Grand European Tour. The resulting collection includes Italian portrait busts and park sculpture from the 8th to 13th centuries, with important works by Paolo Triscorni, Pietro Baratta and Ivan Martos, in addition to 18th-century Russian mythological subjects in bronze and marble. Text in Russian.

101041 £50

The Palace Interiors: First and Third Floors

park sculptureVol I. iii St. Petersburg: 2010. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 152 pages fully illustrated. Paperback 21 x 27cms.

A room by room account of the interior decoration, furniture and objets d’art at Pavlovsk Palace. Many of the internal themes reflect the Tsar and Tsarina’s tastes for 18th century French classicism and Classical Roman style, alongside rooms in more traditional Russian style. The palace interiors underwent many reconstructions, according to the changing tastes of its owners, and were conceived at the hands of many of the greatest living European and Russian architects: Charles Cameron, Vincenzo Brenna, Giacomo Quarenghi, Andrei Voronykhin and Carlo Rossi. Text in Russian. 

101219 £50.00

Sculpture

sculptureVol. III.i St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 150 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

The sculpture collection of Pavlovsk Palace is a testimony of  Emperor Paul I’s  fascination with antiquity. Among the works he purchased following his European grand tour are Roman marble copies of Greek and Hellenistic models, Roman originals in marble, small scale bronzes and funerary urns from Pompeii. Later works in the collection include smaller scale 18th-century bronze and marble figure groups, contemporary copies after the antique, and Russian 18th and 19th-century sculptures. Text in Russian.

101034 £60.00

Fans

fansSt. Petersburg: 2008. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 160 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

The complete catalogue of 134 fans from Pavlovsk Palace, with a large number featuring Russian and European imperial themes. The collection boasts an astonishing array of styles and craftsmanship, including palmette, plié and brisé fans in painted parchment, lace, silk, ostrich feather, rhinestone, and mother of pearl. Includes mostly Russian and Western European examples from the mid 18th century to late 19th century, as well as a smaller collection of early 20th-century Chinese fans. Text in Russian.

101036 £50

Decorative Embroidery

embroideryVol. IV.ii. St. Petersburg: 2012. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 84 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

413 catalogued works of embroidery ranging across many techniques of production, from Russia, Western Europe and the Far East, and dating from the 18th to the early 20th century.  Many of the items come from the original collection of Pavlovsk palace, and comprise decorative embroidered screens, inlaid furniture, embroidered carpets, table linens, cushions, decorative borders, embroidered pictures and miniatures. Text in Russian.

101223 £50

Painting: Paintings of Holland and Flanders 16th – 18th centuries 

Dutch masters pavlovskVol V.i. St. Petersburg: 2009. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 148 pages, fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Catalogues the Dutch and Flemish paintings housed in the palace of Pavlovsk, the summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I. The collection was formed by Paul during his tour of Europe in 1781 -82, and includes landscapes, still lifes, religious and genre scenes by masters such as Jan Frans van Bloemen, Pieter Claesz, and Adriaen van Ostade, among others. Text in Russian.

100293 £50

 

Painting: Paintings of Italian and Spanish masters of the 16th – 19th centuries.

italian and spanishVol. V.ii. St. Petersburg: 2012. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 182 pages illustrated throughout. Paperback. 21 x 27cms. 182 pages fully illustrated.

The second volume devoted to the collection of paintings at Pavlovsk palace, the summer residence of the Tsar Paul I. The collection was formed by the Tsar during his European Tour at the end of the eighteenth century and includes landscapes, portraits, and religious and mythological subjects by masters such as Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Andrea del Sarto, Francesco Guardi, and José de Ribera. Text in Russian.

101040 £60

 

Rare books: 15th – 18th century picture books

rare booksVol. VI.i. St. Petersburg: 2010. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 216 pages, highly illustrated throughout. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Documents the extensive library at Pavlovsk Palace, first established by Catherine the Great for the instruction of her son, the future Emperor Paul. Includes an impressive range of 18th-century works on the sciences, complete editions of contemporary writers, and Nuremburg publications on numismatics. The collection also boasts an important selection of 15th century illuminated manuscripts and incunabula. Text in Russian.

101037 £50

 

Porcelain: The Imperial Porcelain Factory late 18th – early 20th century

porcelainVol. VII.i. St. Petersburg: 2009. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 172 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Spanning more than two hundred years, the collection of ceramics at Pavlovsk embraces examples from nearly all the major producers of eighteenth and nineteenth-century porcelain, ceramics and faience, such as Wedgwood, Sèvres, Berlin, Vienna, Höchst, Ludwigsburg and Nymphenburg manufacturers. Text in Russian.

100292 £75

 

Objets d’art: Products of the Fabergé Firm from the Late 19th to Early 20th Century

Vol. IX. i. St. Petersburg: 2013. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 328 pages fully illustrated. Paperback.

faberge pavlovskThe collection of Fabergé items at Pavlovsk make up a small but highly important section of the larger collection of over 1,250 objects d’art collected by the Emperors Alexander I and II and the imperial princes. Among the luxury objects are leather and silver bound books, decorative caskets, glass and silver tableware, late 19th c. handcrafted thermometers, decorative frames, and jewel studded Russian figurines.  The volume includes an index of manufacturers’ monograms and biographies, a subject index of the entire collection and lists of purchases.  Text in Russian.

100289 £100

 

 

Metal, Bronze: Clocks, bracket clocks, wall clocks

metal clocksVol. X.i. St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 175 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

From the state museum collection of Pavlovsk, the former summer residence of the Tsar Paul I during the late 18th century. The current volume is the complete catalogue of the museum’s collection of Russian and European clocks, from mostly Paris, London and Vienna, and dating from the mid 18th century to the turn of the twentieth century. Text in Russian. 176 pages, 129 colour illustrations.

100291 £80

 

Coloured Stoneware of the Second Half XVIII-XX centuries

coloured stoneVol. XIII. St. Petersburg: 2013. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 196 pages, fully illustrated. Paperback. 27 x 21cms.

Celebrates the array of Russian coloured stoneware at Pavlovsk, including works in jasper, porphyry, malachite, lapis lazuli, and quartz, used in the production of mantelpieces, fireplaces and particularly decorative vases at the palace. Handles, garlands and other ornaments were often added in bronze or ormolu to the designs of eminent architects. Text in Russian. 

 

 

Drawing: The architectural drawings of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

drwaing Vol. XV.i. St. Petersburg: 2011. Series: The State Culture Preserve Pavlovsk. Full Catalogue of the Collections. 220 pages fully illustrated. Paperback. 21 x 27cms.

Publishes the palace’s collection of architectural drawings of great 18th-century Russian palace architects including Vincenzo Brenna, Giacomo Quarenghi, Henri-François Viollier, Andrei Voronykhin and Charles Cameron, original architect and designer of Pavlovsk Palace and gardens. Text in Russian.

101039 £60

Book of the Week: Passion for Porcelain. Masterpieces of Ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum

97158The English language catalogue of a major loan exhibition at the National Museum of China which brings together 148 pieces from two of the world’s most important collections. It includes material from the Song to Qing Dynasty as well as examples of European porcelain based on Chinese prototypes including an example of the exceedingly rare Medici porcelain.
Thoroughly researched it includes sections which discuss Ming export ceramics, armorial porcelain, Western designs of Chinese export ware, Western copying of Chinese porcelain, Chinoisorie, European mounting of Chinese porcelain and collection patterns in Europe.

Lu Zhangshen (ed.):  Passion for Porcelain: Masterpieces of Ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Exhibition: Beijing, National Museum of China, 2012. 409 pages, colour plates throughout. Paperback. 31 x 23cms.

£ 145.00

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Passion for Porcelain

 

Two Exclusive New Titles on Song Ceramics

97532Priestley, David and Feng-Chun Ma:  Song Ceramics from the Van Hulten Collection.  Exhibition: Heerenveen, Museum Belvédère, 2013. 64 pages, with colour plates throughout. Edition limited to 350 copies. Hardback. 24.5 x 17cms.

Catalogue of 23 pieces with an introduction which draws connections between Western Modernism and the collecting of Song ceramics in the West.
£ 30.00

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Zhao Yang:  Beauty and Entirety: Ceramics of the Song Dynasty from the Palace Museum.  3 vols. Exhibition: Macau, Macau Art Museum, 2012. 492 pages in all, with over 550 colour plates and 280 black and white images. Cloth in a slipcase. 36 x 26cms.

187 examples of Imperial Ru, Jun. Guan, Ge, Ding and Jun ware as well as examples from private kilns are catalogued with photographs of top, side and bottom elevations as well as numerous close-ups.  Text in English, Chinese and Portuguese.
£ 198.00

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Republican Era Chinese Porcelain

With increasing recognition of the importance of Chinese porcelain dating from the Republican Era (1912 – 1949) there has never been a better time to make sure your library is well stocked on the subject.

Interest in the subject is hardly surprising. The involvement of literati painters in the decoration of porcelain meant the period saw important developments in ceramics despite the political turmoil across the country which severely limited the quantity produced.

New in stock:

97088Kwan, Simon:  Chinese Porcelain of the Republic Period.  Hong Kong: 2008. Series: The Muwen Tang Collection Series 6. 379 pages, numerous colour plates. Hardback. 30.5 x 23cms.  A detailed catalogue of the 167 pieces of Republican Era (1912-1949) porcelain from China. The introduction discusses the phenomena of literati painting of porcelain, 33 notable porcelain painters, imitations of the work of Giuseppe Castiglione and porcelain marks.  Text in English and Chinese.
£ 85.00

Useful visual references include:

Tie Yuan (ed.):  The Complete Collection of Porcelain of Jiangxi Province: Porcelain from the Years 1912 to 1949 (I) / (II).  Beijing: 2007. 248 pages per volume, numerous colour illustrations. Cloth in a slipcase, 29 x 22cms.  Two volumes on the finest Republican Era ceramics of Jiangxi province. Pieces mostly derive from the Jiangxi Provincial Museum and the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Museum.  Text in Chinese with English summary.
£ 75.00 per volume

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Lai Dayi:  Porcelains in the Late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.  Beijing: 2012. 233 pp., colour illustrations throughout. Cloth, 28.8 x 21.4cms.  Presents 100 ceramics from the collection of the Jiangxi Ceramics Company dating from the Qing and Republican Era, mainly famile-rose and blue and white ware.
£ 65.00

Those with a particular interest in the period may also wish to explore the art of snuff bottle painting:

96695Magic In Hand, Suo Zhenhai’s Inside Painted Snuff Bottles, the Hong Yuan Collection.  Beijing: Forbidden City Publications, 2011. 270 pages, colour plates throughout. Cloth in a slipcase, 30 x 30cms.  Showcases 139 inside painted snuff bottles by Suo Zhenhai (1954-2006) from the collection of Mike Ma. The artist studied with the great 20th century ink painters Li Keran, Wu Zuoren and Jiang Zhaohe and his work blurs the boundaries between painting and the art object.  Text in English and Chinese.
£ 72.00

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Ming Dynasty Ceramics

The ceramics of the Ming Dynasty are receiving a burgeoning of interest at the present time not only for their inherent value as art objects but also for the artistic, cultural and commercial international exchanges that underlie them. If you are struggling to contain your excitement at the upcoming exhibition, “Ming: Courts and Contacts AD 1400-1450”, opening at the British Museum in September 2014, do not fear – help is on hand.

In stock is the exhibition catalogue of the exhibition, “Enlightening Elegance: Imperial Porcelain of the Mid and Late Ming, The Huaihaitang Collection” at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong which ran until April 2013:

96716Lai Suk Yee (ed.):  Enlightening Elegance: Imperial Porcelain of the Mid to Late Ming, the Huaihaitang Collection.  Exhibition: Hong Hong, Museum of Art, 2012. 395 pp., colour illustrations throughout. Cloth in a slipcase, 33.5 x 25.5cms.  Catalogue of the exhibition of 129 pieces of Ming porcelain from the Zhengtong through to the Wanli period from an important private collection. Each piece is thoroughly photographed and described. Attention is given to the Islamic stylistic influence on Zhengde imperial wares, Daoist emblems in Jiajing ware and popular Buddhist and Daoist motifs of Wanli ware. Includes four scholarly articles. Text in English and Chinese.
£ 75.00

For those more interested in reception of Ming ceramics in the West the following scholarly work will prove most useful:

96596Pierson, Stacey:  From Object to Concept: Global Consumption and the Transformation of Ming Porcelain.  Hong Kong: 2013. 220 pp., 41 colour illustrations. Cloth, 25 x 15cms.  Explores the transformation of the Ming vase into a foreign cultural icon in Europe and America from the 14th to the 21st century.
£ 34.50

Other useful reference material includes:

96236Ming Dynasty Porcelain from Imperial Kilns in Jingdezhen.  Beijing: 2009. 216 pp., numerous colour illustrations including 83 colour plates. Cloth, 29 x 22.2cms.  Catalogue of 120 pieces of Ming porcelain recovered archaeologically, meticulously reconstructed and carefully photographed. A description of each piece is given in Chinese, along with archaeological data and an overview of excavations from 2002 to 2004.  Text in Chinese with English summary.
£ 65.00

Tie Yuan (ed.):  The Complete Collection of Porcelain of Jiangxi Province: Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty (I) / (II).  Beijing: Morning Glory, 2007. 245 pp., numerous colour illustrations. Cloth in a slipcase, 29 x 22cms.  Two volumes on the finest Ming Dynasty ceramics of Jiangxi province, mostly from the Jiangxi Provincial Museum and the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Museum.  Text in Chinese with English summary.
£ 68.00 per volume

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