Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Geoffrey Godden is widely celebrated for his knowledge of English ceramics but in the course of his distinguished career he has handled as much Chinese porcelain as English.
He is therefore ideally qualified to present this definitive account of the wares made by eighteen-century Chinese potters for the European market, particularly as he stresses the close interplay between Oriental and European ceramics. His research on the subject has been exceptionally wide-ranging, and the majority of resources quoted in this volume are published here for the first time. They include extracts from the English East India Company records, ship's logs of the "East Indiamen" who carried on the trade and the results of the many china-wares sales held in London. There is a chapter on Japanese wares, for in the early eighteen century, nearly as much Japanese as Chinese porcelain was imported. There is also a section on the American trade in Oriental export porcelain. The extensive and carefully chosen illustrations combined with the authoritative and sometimes challenging text make this an invaluable book for collectors and students of porcelain.
Published by Granada Publishing Limited, London, 1979
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