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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,749) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382786142478 Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty by Laurie Barnes and Pengbo Ding. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Yale University (2010). Pages: 608. Size: 12” x 9¼” x 2”; 8 pounds! A catalogue that offers a historical review of Chinese ceramics covering newly excavated discoveries from the Paleolithic era thousands of years ago to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. It offers a fresh perspective in interpreting the oldest and one of the most admired Chinese art forms, from its technological aspects to its aesthetic value. CONDITION: NEW MASSIVE (12"x9"x2", 8 pound!) hardcover w/dustjacket. Yale University (2010) 608 pages. Still in publishers wraps. Unblemished and pristine in every respect. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #8581a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This lavishly illustrated catalogue is a comprehensive historical review of Chinese ceramics covering newly excavated discoveries from the Paleolithic era thousands of years ago to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. Throughout China’s history there has been an ongoing practice of invention and innovation in the forms, materials, decorations, and functions of ceramics made in China, both for the domestic market and for its ever-growing trade with foreign markets. The creation of ceramic ware holds a special and very important place among the many arts and inventions that characterize Chinese culture, society, and civilization. The product of a ten-year collaboration among eminent American, Chinese, and Japanese scholars, Chinese Ceramics offers a new perspective in interpreting the oldest and one of the most admired Chinese art forms, from its technological aspects to its aesthetic value. The volume includes a chapter on Chinese export ceramics that delves into Chinese trade activities and ceramic wares made for export as well as a chapter about the authenticity of Chinese ceramics, discussing issues related to connoisseurship of this Chinese art. As author He Li writes, “Despite the rich variety of Chinese ceramics around the world, no fully illustrated, photographed survey of a complete history has been attempted in English. [This volume] will convey the excitement of encountering these specially chosen examples for the first time. REVIEW: Li Zhiyan is senior research fellow at the National Museum of China and former vice president of the Association of Chinese Ancient Ceramics. Virginia L. Bower is an adjunct associate professor at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He Li is associate curator of Chinese art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. David Ake Sensabaugh is the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Ding Pengbo is research fellow at the National Museum of China. Li Jixian is research fellow at the Chinese Institute of Art and a member of the Chinese Society of Archaeology. Quan Kuishan is professor at the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University. Laurie E. Barnes is Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art at the Norton Museum of Art. Kanazawa Yoh is a curator at the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo. William R. Sargent is an independent scholar and curator, and the former curator of Asian export art at the Peabody Essex Museum. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Impressive in size and scope, this book is the ultimate reference on Chinese ceramics REVIEW: Anin-depth overview…of value not only to scholars of Chinese ceramics but to collectors as well. The many full-color illustrations… as well as the very recent scholarship included in the discussions are what will make this book a most valuable addition to any library collection and a standard work for years to come. REVIEW: This is the first English-language study of the full range of Chinese ceramic history from the Stone Age to the 20th century that is based on solid archaeological evidence and illustrated with examples, which can be positively dated. REVIEW: A most valuable addition to any library collection on Chinese art and very likely a standard work for years to come READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Definitive Text for Chinese Ceramics! This volume is the latest in the Culture and Civilization of China Series - a collaboration between Yale University Press and Beijing Foreign Languages Press. For those who are familiar with this series it is quite free ranging in its subject matter, ranging from the classic "Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting" which has become a fixture of Chinese art courses, "Chinese Sculpture", "Chinese Calligraphy", "Chinese Architecture" and a couple of books on Chinese Philosophy. Most of these (excepting the books on philosophy) are all lavishly illustrated coffee table books and aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject matter that can be accessible to both the lay reader as well as the expert. Indeed this book does not disappoint, and I believe that it ranks with the best in the series (with the bar set high by Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting.) It provides a series of strong introductory essays on the various dynastic periods, setting out the historical background and their representative styles in a multifaceted analysis - subject matter, composition, technical breakthroughs in glazing and firing methods. The essays on the Song and Qing Periods are especially good. After reading this one should have a good idea of the characteristics of ceramics of each period, what celadon and blue and white ware are and the characteristics of true porcelain. This book also has the benefit of showing the best and most representative pieces without being confined to a particular collection, having compiled photos from the collections of the British Museum, the Musee Guimet in Paris, Museum of Asian Art in SF, the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul as well as many University Collections and the latest findings from many provincial museums in China. An additional improvement over Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting in that Li Zhiyan, as editor, has taken pains to maintain a continuity in the format of the essays throughout the books so they can be read separately or more rewardingly as a single narrative, and best of all the language is easy to understand without needing too much technical background or background in Chinese history. Admittedly, there are several places that the book could have done better, during the early part of the book, when discussing Neolithic pottery the lack of a compelling narrative makes it difficult to keep track of the various styles as one moves quickly from one settlement area to another. However, this may be one of the pitfalls of the archaeology of that period. I would also have liked additional diagrams / explanations of the sculpting / firing / glazing methods as these are usually described in long wordy explanations. In some chapters I felt there weren't enough photos (the text described various pieces that were not shown) given the unprecedented access available to the scholars, although I realize that at 608 pages the book is already a brick by art book standards. Although this book will not provide anything new for the dedicated collector / historian, it is by far the best single work in English yet available, and the quality of the photos are superb. It offers very good value for money as I have paid the same price for art books of around 200 pages or so and this runs to 600 pages of color photos and quite dense text. I wish had had this work when I was first starting to learn about ceramics! REVIEW: Comprehensive written and pictorial overview of Chinese ceramics. The history of Chinese ceramics stretches back for at least 14,000 years. This hefty volume describes this history and discusses some of the ceramics produced over the centuries in great detail. The individual chapters discuss ceramics manufactured during the various dynastic periods and the book ends with sections on "the export and trade of Chinese ceramics" and "ten lectures on the authentication of Chinese ceramics". The writing is clear, scholarly, comprehensive and full of interesting detail. This book would be of great appeal to those with a specialized interest in this area of decorative art. It would also be a desirable addition to the library of people with more general interest in the subject (myself included). The generalist would be attracted to this book in part because of the numerous and often large sized illustrations of the various ceramics under discussion. The examples of works chosen are of the highest quality and are often extraordinarily beautiful. The quality of printing and photographic reproduction is very satisfactory. Books on this subject are often restricted to specific historic periods. They tend also to be much more expensive. At the price of a single book, this volume represents a virtual giveaway. REVIEW: Does not disappoint! Having trawled through many descriptions of books on Chinese ceramics, looked at books and websites, I wanted a solid, comprehensive introduction for someone who is fairly new to the topic, but keen to gain an intelligent overview. Solid indeed! It is a weighty and beautiful tome. The publisher's name was a good guide to the quality expected. The text is informative and gives every appearance of being authoritative. I will return again and again to read, consult, and just savor this book. The photographs and line drawings are well chosen and beautifully (re)produced. I particularly appreciated the clear indication provided with the photo (not just in an appendix) of where each item is held, as well as its dimensions (in centimeters, for those of us outside the USA/UK). I learn that Yale University has a series on Chinese Civilization and Culture, of which this book is part. I certainly intend to buy further volumes in the series: the price, delivered to my door on the other side of the world, was very reasonable indeed. REVIEW: An excellent overview of Chinese ceramics. There are literally dozens of books on Chinese ceramics published over many decades of time. Many or most make a unique contribution to a collector's knowledge of this broad and complex topic. This book comes the closest to being comprehensive. Granted that for any one topic they may be material that could have been added. However that would have required a library sized series of books. I was particularly impressed with the chapter on the Ming dynasty ceramics obviously written by an expert who has great knowledge of his subject. I might add this is a heavy weight tome that challenges my muscles every time I pick it up which fairly frequently. REVIEW: A gathering of Celestial Brightness! Li Zhiyan is senior research fellow at the National Museum of China and former vice president of the Association of Chinese Ancient Ceramics. Virginia L. Bower is an adjunct associate professor at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He Li is associate curator of Chinese art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. David Ake Sensabaugh is the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Ding Pengbo is research fellow at the National Museum of China. Li Jixian is research fellow at the Chinese Institute of Art and a member of the Chinese Society of Archaeology. Quan Kuishan is professor at the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University. Laurie E. Barnes is Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art at the Norton Museum of Art. Kanazawa Yoh is a curator at the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo. William R. Sargent is an independent scholar and curator, and the former curator of Asian export art at the Peabody Essex Museum. I am humbled to be in the aura of this celestial brightness. REVIEW: How does a child come to appreciate great art and craftsmanship? For me, it was the discovery of the delicate Chinese porcelain vases just off the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I think I was 8 or 9 and my mother would drag me through the halls of the museum hoping something would stick. This visit something did. Their simple forms and the beautiful glazes just stopped me in my tracks as if something just turned on inside my brain. My interests in art has broadened considerably since I was a child but I do remember my appreciation of art in all its forms started here. Which leads me to this beautiful, scholarly book on the history of Chinese ceramics. It is a fantastic introduction to the wonders of Chinese ceramics and I can not recommend this book more highly. Copiously illustrated with tremendous insight into the history, technology and art of Chinese ceramics I can't imagine a better introduction to this ancient art form. REVIEW: Bought this book to ooooh and aahhh at beautiful Chinese ceramics I have seen in various museums around the world. I wanted to learn more about the history and background of what I had seen. This is a fantastic book for that, and the price was right. You can't get a better reference on Chinese ceramics, this will be your best guide through the ages. Now to find that proverbial 'needle in the hay stack' and find that treasure at a garage sale or swap meet and I'll be set. REVIEW: This was the book I needed to explain to me most of everything I needed to learn about Chinese Ceramics. I have not finished reading as I only received shortly, but it has helped me understand the evolution of Chinese Ceramics. Exactly what I was looking for on this subject. I only wish there were more color photos to view the evolution of the paint colors. Thank You! REVIEW: This is the best book as a readable book rather than photographic illustrations which also were very good. First class Forward only 2 pages on geology and continued with excellent work over the periods. Extremely Fine work-excellent read. REVIEW: Beautiful and encyclopedic . Superb photography and intelligent, well articulated essays by the contributing authors make this massive book a must-have. For the price the production quality is stunning, and it's the sort of book that you will keep for a lifetime. REVIEW: This overview of Chinese ceramics contains illustrations of works in Chinese, European, Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern and North American collections, and is written by American, Chinese and Japanese scholars so it truly is comprehensive. It is an excellent "starting point" for those seeking more information about this subject, and will be a welcome "review" for those who are already familiar with it. REVIEW: Great read to understand more about the history of the china/porcelain industry and products of China. Perfect for the collector of blue and white. REVIEW: This hefty book - it weights at least ten pounds - looks as if it just might replace Valenstein (2nd ed.) as the standard survey of the subject. Gorgeous object. I've read the introduction, overview of Chinese ceramic history, and the first chapter which provides a survey history of Chinese ceramics during the Neolithic era, during which potters created my very favorite pieces. The chapter does contain a sufficient number of line drawings and photos of pieces on display to help the attentive reader begin to makes his own assessments. REVIEW: Big heavy book with great pictures. A fantastic book well worth buying. 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Far better to appreciate their craft than to destroy it with modern cutting. Not everyone agrees – fully 95% or more of the antique gemstones which come into these marketplaces are recut, and the heritage of the past lost. But if you agree with us that the past is worth protecting, and that past lives and the produce of those lives still matters today, consider buying an antique, hand cut, natural gemstone rather than one of the mass-produced machine cut (often synthetic or “lab produced”) gemstones which dominate the market today. We can set most any antique gemstone you purchase from us in your choice of styles and metals ranging from rings to pendants to earrings and bracelets; in sterling silver, 14kt solid gold, and 14kt gold fill. When you purchase from us, you can count on quick shipping and careful, secure packaging. We would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from us. 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