Oriental works of art, once the exclusive preserve of the elderly and, above all, the rich, are now being actively collected by young people of limited means. Of course, the very finest items will always command millionaire prices, but it is increasingly realized that there is a mass of lesser prices widely available for very modest sums.
Collecting Oriental Antiques is a guide, specially written for ordinary people, to what is easily obtainable, where to get advice and how to begin a collection, with advice on dealers, auction houses, reproductions, fakes and much else that often puzzles or alarms the beginner.The book deals with the six main areas of interest to collectors. A long first chapter on ceramics, by a specialist in the field, leads the reader gently through the maze of styles and reigns. The rest of the book, by Judith Moorhouse, covers the superb bronzes, jade carvings, enamels, lacquer and small ivory and wood carvings, including Japanese netsuke. There is a map, a date chart and a long illustrated appendix of condensed information on such things as reign marks, decorative motifs, bronze and jade shapes, and the complex of Buddhist iconography. After receiving a degree in Chinese from London University and spending a year studying in Taiwan, Judith Moorhouse joined the staff of Bluett & Sons, the leading London dealers in Oriental works of art.
Published by The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, Middlesex, England, 1976
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