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Treasures of Chinese export ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum /
William R. Sargent ; with an essay by Rose Kerr.
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Salem, Mass. : Peabody Essex Museum ; New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2012.
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xii, 556 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm.
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9780300169751
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Salem, Mass. : Peabody Essex Museum ; New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2012.
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9780300169751
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Catalogue: Early blue and white 1400-1650 -- Kinrande -- Kendi -- Kraakware -- Later blue and white -- Zhangzhou wares -- Translucent enamels -- Chinese imari -- Dehua and undecorated Jingdezhen wares -- Yixing -- Opaque enamels -- Cornelis Pronk and his influences -- Mythological scenes -- Christian motifs -- Historical and political motifs -- Ink color -- Armorial, pseudo-armorial, and monogrammed wares -- American market wares -- Hong bowls -- Porcelain sculptures -- Unfired clay sculptures -- Porcelain decorated in Europe. -- Appendices. I. Provenance concordance. II. Donor list. III. Armorials. IV. List of figures.
Five hundred years of Chinese export ceramics in context / William R. Sargent -- "The porcelain city": Jingdezhen in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries / Rose Kerr --
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8953283
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 536-545) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-11-01:
Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics is a beautifully written and superbly presented overview of Chinese ceramic art pieces, which were specifically made for export to other parts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas from the 16th to the 20th century. Sargent is the former curator of Asian export art at the Peabody Essex Museum. The 287 pieces that he selected from over 6,600 Chinese export ceramics in the museum collection represent widely varied styles showing the evolution of Chinese ceramic technical skills as they were tailored to meet the tastes of collectors worldwide. The artistic range of work is organized into 22 chapters, each presenting an overview of a specific style. The writing and research give a clear view of the historical context and significance of each piece. The photographs convey the spectacular elegance, vitality, and sophistication of the work. Kerr (emer., Victoria and Albert Museum) contributes an excellent chapter describing the history of Jingdezhen, often called the "Porcelain City," where the majority of export porcelain was manufactured. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. R. Malmgren Anne Arundel Community College
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Beginning in the 16th century when Portuguese traders started importing blue and white porcelain to Europe, Chinese ceramics manufacturers produced goods specifically for export to the West. This industry flourished through the early 20th century as the market for fine porcelain expanded in Europe and North America. Among the Peabody Essex Museum's founders in 1799 were sea captains and supercargoes involved in extensive trade with Asia; they brought back remarkable examples of export wares, providing a foundation for the Museum's world-renowned collection of Chinese export ceramics. Written by William R. Sargent, one of the field's leading experts, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics is one of the most authoritative sources on this topic. The book features scholarly entries on more than 275 objects, dating from the 15th to the 20th century and divided by type of ware. A glossary of ceramics terminology makes this an invaluable resource for even a novice collector. The commentary, including an essay by Rose Kerr, offers new perspectives on the artistic, historical, and social dimensions of export ceramics.
Main Description
Beginning in the sixteenth century when Portuguese traders started importing blue and white porcelain to Europe, Chinese ceramics manufacturers produced goods specifically for export to the West. The industry flourished through 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 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 holding, 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, and appendix on armorials, and an extensive bibliography all contribute to making this an invaluable resource.
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'Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics' features scholarly entries on more than 275 objects, dating from the 15th to the 20th century. The items are divided by type of ware and a glossary has been provided.

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