Chinese Pottery and Porcelain: From Prehistory to the Present by S. J. Vainker soon to be presented for sale on the dazzling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: British Museum Press, 1991, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Jacket illustration: Porcelain dish decorated with a white dragon, cobalt blue glaze. Yuan dynasty, mid-14th century / White porcelain phoenix-head ewer, green-tinged glaze. 10th-11nth century AD. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs ; Colour Photographs ; Black & White Drawings; Maps;
From the cover: Chinese Pottery and Porcelain is a comprehensive survey of the development of ceramics from the Neolithic period to the present day. Assessing the roles pottery has played in each dynasty throughout the history of China, the author also discusses its enormous impact on the ceramic industries of the rest of the world, where Chinese porcelain has been admired and collected for centuries.
From the earliest earthenwares to the exotic burial figures of the Tang, from the classic forms and subtle glazes of the Song to the famous porcelains created especially for export or imperial tastes, the book draws upon the extensive collections of the British Museum for lavish illustration.
The author considers the purposes for which the ceramics of each period were made, how their production was organised, and what effect local conditions might have had on their final forms. Incorporating contemporary commentaries, recent archaeological evidence from kiln sites and the most up-to-date scientific analysis, the book provides a valuable new account of Chinas ceramic history.
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a vertical crease to the spint. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7¾”.