Pater Gratia Oriental Art

Lerner 1978

Exhibition catalogue/ Book


Author: Lerner, Martin


Title: Blue & White. Early Japanese export ware 


Blue and White: Early Japanese Export Ware, as an exhibition and publication, is of special interest as it permits comparisons between blue and white wares of similar design from the Orient and Europe, and calls attention to the vital function of the European maritime nations, particularly Portugal and Holland, in the transmission of aesthetic concepts between East and West. Clear examples of cross-cultural aesthetic exchanges are always fascinating, especially when they can be corroborated by historical documentation such as the surviving seventeenth-century registers of the Dutch East India Company. The Company's role in substituting Japanese export porcelains for Chinese during the second half of the seventeenth century, the problems that the Japanese ceramic industry encountered during the thirty-year period when it was suddenly elevated to being Europe's major porcelain producer, and China's return to this preeminent position under the Emperor K'ang-hsi are all examined here. Most importantly the exhibition and catalogue bring together, for the first time in the United States, a large group of Japanese blue and white export porcelains of the second half of the seventeenth century, illustrating both their quality and variety, and provides the visual context for their understanding by including related Chinese, Korean, and European blue and white ceramics


Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1978


Details: Softcover with colour illustrations. Introduction, selected Bibliography, catalogue nrs. 1–80. 


Pages: 71 pp. 




Language: English.


Dimensions: 280 mm (11 inch) x 215 mm (8.5 inch) x 5 mm (0.1 inch).


Private copy, not for sale.


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