Gugong Museum: GUGONG JADE SET: GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANGPIN DAXI: YUQI BIAN 1-10. Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 1-10. Gugong Bowuyuan Cangpin Daxi. Beijing, 2011. c. 300 pp. per volume. Full page colour plates throughout all volumes. Numerous small colour text plates to each volume. 10 vols. 38x27 cm. Cloth.
Ten volume set of a beautifully-produced large format series showing the highly-important jade collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing. Includes much previously unpublished material.
Contents of volumes as follows:
Volume 1: Neolithic Period. 299 examples excavated from numerous sites.
Volume 2: Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties. 302 examples excavated from sites across China
Volume 3: Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period. 301 examples.
Volume 4: Han, Wei, Southern and Northern Dynasties. 309 examples shown of which 275 are Han dynasty.
Volume 5: Tang, Song, Liao, Jin and Yuan Dynasties. 314 superb examples. 50 pieces are Tang, 178 are Song, the remainder Liao, Jin and Yuan.
Volume 6: Ming (Part I). Shows 303 marvellous and varied examples.
Volume 7: Ming (Part II). 257 marvellous, varied and exceptional examples.
Volume 8: Qing (Part I). 275 superb examples.
Volume 9: Qing (Part II). A further 283 superb examples.
Volume 10: Qing (Part III). A final 237 superb examples.
Whilst much of the earlier material comes from post-1949 excavations of archaeological sites, practically all the Ming and Qing material is from the former Chinese imperial collection held in the Forbidden City in Beijing.
All of the 2880 jades shown are of superb quality and are illustrated in high-quality colour plates.
A distinctive feature of this work is that, throughout the set, all the smaller objects are shown life-size and the larger ones life-size or near life-size. This allows true and full appreciation of the jades.
Dual texts in Chinese and English.
The best visual reference we have seen on Chinese jades. Recommended. Now out-of-print.
Available, as of: 03/03/2020
Was item 355 in printed List 196.
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