The British Museum is proud to host one of the finest collections of Chinese ceramics outside Asia. This outstanding group of nearly 1700 pieces acquired by Sir Percival David includes many items of imperial quality, with beautiful examples of extremely rare Ru and guan wares as well as the famous David vases.
Their inscriptions date to 1351, making them an internationally acknowledged yardstick for the dating of Chinese blue and white porcelain. Here are 50 selected highlights of this world-renowned collection, all illustrated with colour photographs taken especially for this publication. The accompanying text gives brief details and draws out their most significant features. An illustrated introduction explains what made Chinese potters so pre-eminent and influential worldwide as well as summarizing the history and breadth of this unique collection. Its range and scope, including beautiful and rare pieces dating from the third to the eighteenth century, provide the perfect source material for a stunning overview and accessible introduction to Chinese ceramic art.
Published by The British Museum Press, A division of The British Museum Company Ltd, London, 2009
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