Emblems of empire : selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection /
John E. Vollmer & Jacqueline Simcox.
imprint
Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2009.
description
xxxix, 323 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 26 x 29 cm.
ISBN
0888644868 (bound), 9780888644862 (bound)
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Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2009.
isbn
0888644868 (bound)
9780888644862 (bound)
contents note
Collecting Chinese art / Cécile E. Mactaggart -- Emblems in silk and ink / John E. Vollmer & Jacqueline Simcox -- The court -- Palaces -- Universal rule -- The enduring appeal of Chinese imperial arts.
general note
Co-publisher: University of Alberta Museums.
catalogue key
7271477
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-296) and index.
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"An elegant reference book about the University of Alberta's prestigious Mactaggart Art Collection is about to hit bookshelves. The Mactaggart Art Collection is among the finest in North America. The authors are considered among the world's leading experts in Qing dynasty art and costumes. Given the magnitude of the Mactaggart Art Collection, which has appreciated to more than $45 million since it was donated, Vollmer calls Emblems of Empire 'a calling card for the university.'" Elizabeth Withey, Edmonton Journal, April 25, 2010
"An elegant reference book about the University of Alberta's prestigious Mactaggrt Art Collection is about to hit bookshelves. The Mactaggart Art Collection is among the finest in North America. The authors are considered among the world's leading experts in Qing dynasty art and costumes. Given the magnitude of the Mactaggart Art Collection, which has appreciated to more than $45 million since it was donated, Vollmer calls Emblems of Empire 'a calling card for the university.'" Elizabeth Withey, Edmonton Journal, April 25, 2010
"Written as a survey into the history of ancient China, authors John E. Vollmer and Jacqueline Simcox span back over 5000 years from the beginning of sericulture (the farming of silk) to understanding the court, palace life and the Imperials' understanding of universal order." Amy Fung, Vue Weekly
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Main Description
A handsome, full-colour showcase of 72 objects in the Mactaggart Art Collection from imperial China. The Mactaggart Asian Art Collection is a multi-million dollar collection that was painstakingly built over several decades (1960s-1990s) and subsequently donated to the University of Alberta by Cecile and Sandy Mactaggart. To collectors of Chinese textiles this book will be a standard reference for a collection that now has a public home. This book focuses specifically on 72 of the imperial robes, textiles, and paintings. Most of the objects are richly made and beautiful textiles dating from the last centuries of imperial rule in China.
Long Description
Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection publishes the textiles and paintings related to the Qing (1644-1911) imperial court, one of the unique strengths of the collection. The book will illustrate, describe and document garments and accessories associated with Manchu emperors and their families, including a glorious embroidered yellow satin dragon robe possibly fashioned for the Qianlong emperor's beloved consort, the Xiaoxian empress (1712-1748) and 10 paintings, including the incomparable The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour (dating 1691-1698), which illustrates the imperial progress from Wuxi to Suzhou.
Main Description
In this sumptuous volume, John Vollmer and Jacqueline Simcox showcase 72 objects focused on the emperors of China from the Mactaggart Art Collection at the University of Alberta Museums, one of the foremost collections of Chinese paintings and textiles in the world. Full-color images and informative text introduce both the works from the collection and how they served as emblems of imperial order and power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (13681911). Students, collectors, museum visitors, scholars, historians, and individuals interested in Chinese art will be stirred by the sensuous interplay of hierarchy and design of the painted and textile arts of the Chinese Imperial court, as explored and illuminated in this book.
Long Description
Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection publishes the textiles and paintings related to the Qing (1644-1911) imperial court, one of the unique strengths of the collection. The book will illustrate, describe and document garments and accessories associated with Manchu emperors and their families, including a glorious embroidered yellow satin dragon robe possibly fashioned for the Qianlong emperor’s beloved consort, the Xiaoxian empress (1712-1748) and 10 paintings, including the incomparable The Kangxi Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour (dating 1691-1698), which illustrates the imperial progress from Wuxi to Suzhou.
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Pattern, colour and lustre—the characteristics that attracted the Mactaggarts to Chinese textiles—are the very aspects that were most highly esteemed by the civilization that created and used them.… From ancient times, silk came to embody the cultural values of the highest echelons of that society: scholarship, hierarchy, precedent and wealth, but particularly the cosmic intent of imperial rule. —Authors’ IntroductionIn Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection, John Vollmer and Jacqueline Simcox showcase 72 objects focused on the emperors of China. The Mactaggart Art Collection at the University of Alberta Museums is one of the foremost collections of Chinese paintings and textiles in the world and this pioneering study of the artifacts enhances our understanding of it immeasurably. Full-colour images and informative text introduce the objects from the collection and show how they served as emblems of imperial order and power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). Historians, scholars, collectors, museum visitors, students, and individuals interested in Chinese art will be stirred by the sensuous interplay of hierarchy and design in the painted and textile arts of the Chinese Imperial court, as explored and illuminated in this book.
Main Description
In this sumptuous volume, John Vollmer and Jacqueline Simcox showcase 72 objects focused on the emperors of China from the Mactaggart Art Collection at the University of Alberta Museums, one of the foremost collections of Chinese paintings and textiles in the world. Full-colour images and informative text introduce both the works from the collection and how they served as emblems of imperial order and power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). Students, collectors, museum visitors, scholars, historians, and individuals interested in Chinese art will be stirred by the sensuous interplay of hierarchy and design of the painted and textile arts of the Chinese Imperial court, as explored and illuminated in this book.
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A handsome, full-colour showcase of 72 objects in the Mactaggart Art Collection from imperial China. The Mactaggart Asian Art Collection is a multi-million dollar collection that was painstakingly built over several decades (1960s-1990s) and subsequently donated to the University of Alberta by Cecile and Sandy Mactaggart.
Back Cover Copy
Pattern, colour and lustre—the characteristics that attracted the Mactaggarts to Chinese textiles—are the very aspects that were most highly esteemed by the civilization that created and used them.& From ancient times, silk came to embody the cultural values of the highest echelons of that society: scholarship, hierarchy, precedent and wealth, but particularly the cosmic intent of imperial rule. —Authors’ IntroductionIn Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection, John Vollmer and Jacqueline Simcox showcase 72 objects focused on the emperors of China. The Mactaggart Art Collection at the University of Alberta Museums is one of the foremost collections of Chinese paintings and textiles in the world and this pioneering study of the artifacts enhances our understanding of it immeasurably. Full-colour images and informative text introduce the objects from the collection and show how they served as emblems of imperial order and power during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911). Historians, scholars, collectors, museum visitors, students, and individuals interested in Chinese art will be stirred by the sensuous interplay of hierarchy and design in the painted and textile arts of the Chinese Imperial court, as explored and illuminated in this book.

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