The manufacture of cloisonné enamels was introduced into China from the west in the fourteenth century onwards, an important industry, particularly devoted to the manufacture of ceremonial vessels for Buddhist temples. These became more imposing as time went on, and we find that in the Ch'ing dynasty it was practice of the emperors to present large sets of ritual vessels to temples under their patronage.
But it is the early vessels of the fifteenth century that, like the porcelain and lacquer of the period, represent the highest achievements of the Ming and Ch'ing decorative arts. This is the first book to be entirely devoted to this subject, starts with introductory chapters on the history of enamel decoration in the west and then goes on to discuss Chinese developments up to the end of the Ch'ing dynasty, with a final chapter on the less extensive manufacturers of Japan. The book breaks entirely new ground and clears away many misconceptions that have befogged the subject in the past. For the firsts time a logical system, by which pieces can be identified from a study of their basic properties is laid down.
Published by Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont, 1962
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