287 pages plus 2 fold outs with: Table of Bronze shapes and table of comparative dates. With 200 black-and-white illustrations throughout, including 8 in colour.
First english edition. Originally published in Germany under the title 'Chinesisches Kunstgewerbe'.; This copiously-illustrated standard wotk, now fully brought up-to-date from the second German edition of 1955, is the only existing book that conveniently covers the whole field of Chinese decorative arts in a single compact volume.
After an introductory historical survey, the self-contained sections are arranged according to material - Ceramics, Metalwork, Mirrors, Jade, Ivory, Horn, etc., Glass, Lacquer, and Textiles. Special sections with tabular illustrations are devoted to Iconography, to the Marks used on pottery and porcelain, and to Relative Chronology. Dr Feddersen, himself a well-known scholar, here presents an accurate and up-to-date summary of the conclusions so far reached by international research in the very various fields covered, and not the least valuable part of the book is the full bibliography, including references to articles widely scattered in the specialized periodicals. For the student and collector alike the book will be an indispensable key to subjects not equally familiar.
Published by Faber and Faber Limited, London, 1965 | Hardcover
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