Now in stock: Ming Exhibition Catalogue, British Museum

MingMing: 50 Years That Changed China

Exhibition: London, British Museum,18 September 2014 –
5 January 2015

Focuses on the Ming Dynasty in the first half of the fifteenth century, through hundreds of artefacts including porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles from museums across China and the rest of the world, including many pieces excavated in the last ten years.  

304 pages, with 250 colour illustrations. Hardback.  

ISBN: 9780714124773

Price: GBP 40.00

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Asian Art in London

Thomas Heneage Art Books will be exhibiting a range of new and antiquarian Asian art reference books during Asian Art in London, from 31st October to 9th November 2013. Our weekend opening hours will be as follows:

Saturday, 2nd November 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday, 3rd November 11.00 – 21.00
Saturday, 9th November 11.00 – 18.00

We have also produced a catalogue of our stock of Chinese and other Asian Art books which is available to download here:

Asian Art in London - catalogue

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New Exhibition: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting: 700 – 1900


A rare chance to see important works of Chinese painting in London is offered by the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting exhibition at the V&A which opens this week. The exhibition runs until 19 January 2014 and the catalogue is currently in stock:

Zhang Hongxing (ed.): Masterpieces of Chinese Painting: 700 – 1900. Exhibition: London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 2013. 360 pp., numerous colour illustrations. Hardback. 28.7 x 24.7cms.

79 works are presented, ranging from the Tang Dynasty paintings from Dunhuang through to the Shanghai School of the 19th century. These include both figurative and landscape paintings lent from Chinese, American, European and Japanese museum collections in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK for over 40 years. Essays discuss the form and structure of Chinese paintings, their seals and inscriptions, conservation and the history of collecting Chinese paintings in the USA, Europe and China.  £ 40.00

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Book of the Day: Bronzes de la Chine Impériale: Des Song aux Qing


This catalogue of 115 fine bronze vessels, mirrors and sculptures in the Cernuschi museum’s collection provides a welcome new look at this exciting area of Chinese art. Accompanying essays discussing Chinese scholarship over the centuries and issues in the identification of forgeries. The exhibition runs until the 19th of January 2014.

Maucuer, Michael (ed.):  Bronzes de la Chine Impériale: Des Song aux Qing.  Exhibition: Paris, Musée Cernuschi, 2013. 236 pages, colour plates throughout. Paperback.  Text in French. £ 32.00

Other useful references on Chinese bronzes currently in stock include:

96243Palace Musem:  Bronzes Gallery of the Palace Museum.  Beijing: 2012. 304 pp.,132 colour plates. Wrappers in a slipcase, 29 x 21.8cms. 

A catalogue of 131 prize pieces of archaic bronze dating from the Shang to the Han dynasty alongside rubbings of their inscriptions.  Text in Chinese. £ 75.00

96245World in Mirror: Selected Bronze Mirrors from Lloyd Cotsen’s Donation.  Exhibition: Shanghai, Museum, 2012. 139 pp., numerous colour illustrations including 59 colour plates. 29.6 x 22.8cms.

Catalogue of the Lloyd Cotsen collection of Bronze mirrors from the Warring States period to the Tang dynasty donated to the Shanghai Museum in 2012.  Text in Chinese. £ 46.00

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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


Please contact us if you wish to order any of the above.