Two volumes.; Volume I: 148 pages with black-and-white illustrations. Reprint of the 2nd edition, 1914. Signs of wear on the front cover, spine and back cover. Edgeworn. Yellowing on the first and last pages. The rest of the text has minor yellowing throughout. Cracked hinge on the rear, but the binding is still firm. Volume II: 158 pages with black-and-white illustrations. Reprint of the 2nd revised edition, 1919. Signs of wear on the front cover, spine and back cover. Minor edgeworn. Minor yellowing on the first and last pages. The rest of the text has minor yellowing. Cracked hinge but the binding remains firm.; Good readable copies.
Despite having been written in 1909, this two-volume book on Chinese art is still current and may still be regarded as an indispensable handbook for the comprehension of the vast range of Chinese arts. Covering six art branches in the first volume - sculpture, architecture, bronze, carving in wood, ivory, rhinoceros horn, lacquer and carving in jade and other hard stones - and six others in the second volume - pottery and porcelain, glass, enamels, jewellery, textiles and pictorial art - it provides the reader with a wide-ranging perspective of the artistic and cultural production of China, while simultaneously contextualising each section both temporarily and geographically. Each chapter is enriched with images of pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum, which illustrate the technical and visual development of these arts. An index is provided in both volumes, while the second volume also includes an appendix regarding the marks and seals on Chinese pottery and porcelain.
Published by Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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