This third edition contains a new preface which summarizes the advances in knowledge that have taken place since the first and second editions were printed.
Reviews from previous editions: "The book is written carefully and readably, with ample references for statements and quotations, and the hundred plates show examples of all periods, including productions from Japanese, Korean and Chinese provincial factories. Whoever has a collection of Oriental blue-and-white porcelain, or contemplates the formation of one, can have no better guide than this volume". from Apollo.; "Packed with information. The treatment is historical but special sections deal with the provincial or export types, and with the evidence for dating to be obtained on one hand from inscriptions and on the other hand from technical characteristics. Indeed, the work is to be specially commended for the clarity and precision of the remarks on the materials and processes used in the manufacture of the porcelains discussed, and of the effects visible in the different wares." from Connoisseur.; From a review of the third edition: "No student of the applied arts of China can afford to let this edition pass by; it stands in as important a position now as did the first edition 17 years ago. Would that all specialists in this controversial field could view their work so dispassionately and comment with such profit." Margaret Medley in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Published by Faber and Faber Limited, London, 1977
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