Author: Sargent, W.R.
Title: Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum.
Beginning in the sixteenth century, when Portuguese traders first imported blue and white porcelain to Europe, Chinese Ceramics manufacturers produced goods specifically for export to the west. The industry flourished into the early twentieth century as the market for fine porcelain expanded in Europe and the Americas. Among the Peabody Essex Museum's founders in 1799 were sea captains and supercargoes involved in extensive trade with Asia, and many of the remarkable examples of export wares they brought back and imported provided a foundation for the Museum's world-renowned collection of Chinese export ceramics.
Written by William R. Sargent, a leading expert in the field, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics is one of the most authoritative sources on this topic. its scholarly entries on 287 representative objects that date from the fifteenth to the twentieth century are divided into sections by type of ware. Although these examples only hint at the Museum's vast holdings, together they encompass its broad range of Chinese export ceramics. An essay on Jingdezhen, the "Porcelain City", by Rose Kerr, a glossary of ceramics terminology, an appendix on armorials, and a extensive bibliography all contribute to making this an invaluable resource.
Publisher: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, 2012
Details: Cloth binding with illustrated dust jacket, full colour illustrations.
Pages: 556 pp.
ISBN (cloth): 978-300-16975-1
Dimensions: 313 mm (12.3 inch) x 246 mm (9.6 inch) x 50 mm (2.0 inch).
Private copy, not for sale.
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