National Museum of China: PASSION FOR PORCELAIN. Masterpieces of Ceramic Treasures from the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Beijing, 2012. 409 pp. Colour plates throughout. 31x23 cm. Wrappers.
Large and heavy catalogue of an excellent loan exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing showing porcelain treasures from the collections of the British Museum and the V&A in London. The exhibits comprise Chinese ceramics dating from the Song through to the Qing dynasties together with European porcelain predominantly depicting Chinoiserie themes and subjects. The exhibition is divided into 10 sections: Ming Export Ceramics; East India Companies; Special Orders; Special Orders: Armorial Porcelain; Early European Porcelain; Chinese Designs Copied in Europe; European Designs Copied in China; Chinoiserie; Chinese Porcelain Mounted or Enamelled in Europe; Collecting.
A number of interesting essays accompany: Mengoni: The Sino-European Trade in Ceramics: Bulk Export and Special Orders; Dawson: The Development of Porcelain in Europe; Young: European Responses to Chinese Porcelain: Technology, Design and Trade; Harrison-Hall: Collecting Ceramics: London Fashion; Geng: The Glory of Porcelain Art; Yang: Themes and Motifs in Decoration Schemes of Ming-Qing Export Porcelain.
A total of 148 very fine ceramics are shown, all illustrated in their entirety and many with accompanying illustrations.
This is the English edition of the catalogue, printed in a small edition and difficult to obtain.
Available, as of: 19/05/2017
Was item 118 in printed List 188.
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