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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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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