This a reprint of a text originally published in 1986 by V & A Publications.; The Victoria and Albert Museum houses one of the biggest and most comprehensive collections of Chinese Ceramics in the West. Many of these are porcelains dating to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
They include pieces made for the imperial court, as well as those used by Chinese man and women from a wide variety of social strata and those made for export. Many pieces are illustrated in colour, accompanied by clear photographs of marks. This books describes the production of porcelain, which reached a peak of technical perfection in the early eighteenth century, and sets it against a wider historical and political background. The story is followed right through to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a period which has often been neglected. Information on techniques and on kiln construction is linked with descriptions of the personalities behind the industry. Technological advances led to many manufacturing and decorating innovations, which are illustrated by key pieces from the V&A's fine collection. Rich colour glazes, sparkling blue and white and brilliant enamel-decorated vessels are all testimony to the important role played by ceramics in the history of Chinese art and design.
Published by Art Media Resources, Ltd., USA, 1998
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