The so-called minor arts of China have been vastly neglected in Western literature. Twentieth-century scholars have confined themselves mainly to study of early bronzes, jades, sculpture, pottery and porcelain. The first publication of this volume nearly twenty years ago was a major event in the study of the minor arts of China and a sumptuous companion to the earlier volume, which was hailed not only for its scholarly text but also for the magnificence of its reproductions in colour and monochrome. This second volume covers great artistic achievements in gold and silver ornaments and images; works on bronze, iron and pewter, delicate cloisonné and Cantonese enamel; and painted, carved and inlaid lacquer objects, from their beginnings in pre-Han times to the throne of the eighteenth-century Emperor Chien Lung. It discusses wood-carvings of all kinds, including the furniture which inspired the designs of Thomas Chipendale. The authors, the late R. Soame Jenyns and William Watson, both formerly of the British Museum, have assembled for this book the most important works in a variety of exotic materials. The text is learned but also appeal to the general reader who has no previous knowledge about the subjects discussed. The other two volumes are also available.
Published by Phaidon Press Ltd, 1981 - 2nd Edition
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