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Gudong Paimai Nianjian: Ciqi. 2013
2013 ANTIQUES: AUCTION RECORDS 2012.1.1 – 2012.12.31 (CERAMICS)
骨董拍賣年鑒 : 瓷器.
Changsha, 2013. 252 pp. Colour plates throughout. 26×18 cm. Paper.
Coverage of auction prices for Chinese ceramics sold in auction in China and elsewhere in 2012. Colour illustrations throughout. Hundreds of fine examples shown with prices realised. Text only in Chinese.
Davids, Roy & Jellinek, Dominic
PROVENANCE
Collectors, Dealers and Scholars in the Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America.
Great Haseley, 2011. 500 pp. Over 150 illustrations. 28×22 cm. Cloth.
A major resource for the provenance of Chinese ceramics from collections in Britain and America. Contains 1064 biographies of collectors, dealers and scholars from the 17th century collector, Queen Mary II, onwards to the 20th century. A 40 page introduction traces ceramic contacts between China and Britain and America from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Also includes sections on fakes, the psychology of collecting, a dissertation on export versus domestic wares and much more. Numerous appendices including one on collectors’ labels. Compiled from a wide range of sources. Promises to become an invaluable reference.
Gugong Museum
QINGHUA YOULIHONG (SHANG ZHONG XIA)
Blue and White Porcelain and Underglaze Red: Parts One to Three
青花釉里紅
Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 34-36.
Shanghai, 2000. Each volume c. 30 pp. text and c. 260 pp. colour plates. 3 vols. 29×22 cm. Boards.
Excellent three volume publication of the blue-and-white porcelains and underglaze red in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing (the Gugong). Part one deals with 232 pieces dating chronologically from the Yuan through to the Tianshun period of the Ming dynasty; part two covers 234 works dating from the Chenghua reign through to the end of the Ming dynasty; and part three 236 from the start of the Qing dynasty through to Guangxu. English plate captions, otherwise Chinese text only. Comprises volumes 34, 35 and 36 in the series. Only available as a set.
Gugong Museum
YANSE YOU
Monochrome Porcelain
顏色釉
Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 37.
Shanghai, 1999. c. 300 pp. Over 350 colour illustrations. 29×22 cm. Boards. Volume 37 in the series
The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum illustrates and describes exquisite Ming and Qing monochrome porcelains held in the Gugong Museum, Beijing. Captions and brief descriptions of each piece in English, otherwise Chinese text. Excellent colour illustrations.
Gugong Museum
FALANGCAI FENCAI
Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration.
琺瑯彩 。 粉彩
Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 39.
Shanghai, 1999. c. 300 pp. Over 350 colour illustrations. 29×22 cm. Boards. Volume 39 in the series.
The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum illustrates and describes beautiful Ming and Qing porcelains with cloisonne enamel decoration and famille rose decoration held in the Gugong Museum, Beijing. Captions and brief descriptions of each piece in English, otherwise Chinese text. Excellent colour illustrations.
Gugong Museum
YUAN MING QIQI
Yuan and Ming Dynasty Lacquer
元明漆器
Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 45.
Shanghai, 2006. 28, 263 pp. 207 items illustrated in full colour plates with some detail plates. Colour text illustrations. 29×22 cm. Boards.
Magnificent exposition of 207 examples of Yuan and Ming lacquer from the Qing Court collection. Divided according to dynasty. Mostly comprises carved lacquer with some painted, polychrome and inlaid examples. Another excellent survey in this essential series containing much previously unpublished material. Captions in English, otherwise Chinese text.
Gugong Museum
QINGDAI QIQI
Qing Dynasty Lacquer
清代漆器
Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 46.
Hong Kong/China 2006. 30, 262 pp. 196 items illustrated in full colour plates with some detail plates. Colour text illustrations. 29×22 cm. Boards.
Magnificent exposition of 196 examples of Qing lacquer. Slightly less than half the items shown are carved lacquer with further sections for ‘carved filled-in’, gold-painted, polychrome-painted, ‘guangsu’, and inlaid lacquer. An excellent survey in this essential series containing much previously unpublished material. Captions in English, otherwise Chinese text.
Gugong Museum
GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANG MINGCHU QINGHUACI
An Exhibition of Early Ming Blue-and-White Porcelain in the Collection of the Gugong Museum, Beijing
故宮博物院藏明初青花瓷
Beijing, 2002. 399 pp. Colour plates throughout. 2 vols. 29×22 cm. Cloth.
Catalogue of an important exhibition held in the Forbidden City in Beijing showing 213 superb examples of Hongwu, Yongle and Xuande blue-and-white porcelains, along with some later imitations of these wares. This two volume work has fine colour plates throughout, with many of the porcelains being depicted in multiple shots, including bases, interiors and close-up detail. An excellent survey that demonstrates the depth of the Gugong Museum holdings, as many of these pieces have never previously been exhibited. Indeed, we were told that the pieces came from storerooms that had been unopened for decades. Text in Chinese. Now out-of-print and difficult to find.
Gugong Museum
GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANGPIN DAXI: FALANGQI BIAN 1-5.
Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels: Volumes 1-5.
故宮博物院藏品大系 : 珐琅器編 1-5.
Gugong Bowuyuan Cangpin Daxi. Beijing, 2011.
c.350-400 pp. per volume. Full page colour plates throughout. 38×27 cm. Cloth.
Magnificent five volume set comprising a beautifully-produced large format series on the highly-important collection of Chinese cloisonne in the Gugong Museum in Beijing.
Volume One: Cloisonne from the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. 181 superb examples with 12 dating from the Yuan and the remainder, Ming.
Volume Two: Part One of three covering the very large holdings of Qing dynasty cloisonne and shows 300 exceptional examples dating from the early Qing through to, and including, the Qianlong reign.
Volume Three: Part Two of three covering the very large holdings of Qing dynasty cloisonne and shows a further 300 wonderful examples ranging from large incense burners to vases and Tibetan Buddhist items.
Volume Four: Part Three of three on the Qing dynasty and concludes coverage of this very large holding. Shows a final 300 extremely fine examples ranging from cloisonne ruyi and table screens to archaic-style vessels. All the pieces are attributed as either being mid or late Qing dynasty.
Volume Five shows 300 exceptional and extraordinary examples of Qing dynasty copper-body painted enamels, ‘hua falang’, the large majority from the former imperial collection. Includes some objects with European scenes. Includes 28 Kangxi pieces (many with ‘Kangxi Yuzhi marks’), 15 Yongzheng, an extensive amount of Qianlong marked examples plus various other pieces. Practically all the examples are from the former imperial collection. All illustrated in high-quality colour plates. Basemarks are shown. The smaller objects are shown life-size, the larger ones life-size or near life-size Dual texts in Chinese and English. The best visual reference on the subject. Recommended.
Gugong Museum
QING SHUNZHI KANGXI CHAO QINGHUACI
Qing Dynasty Blue-and-White Porcelain from the Shunzhi and Kangxi Reigns
清順治康熙朝青花瓷 。 故宮博物院 編; 陳潤民 主編
Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Qingdai Ciqi Lei Xuan Di Yi Juan.
Beijing, 2005. 526 pp. Colour plates throughout. 29×22 cm. Cloth.
The best book we have seen on early Qing transitional and blue-and-white porcelain. 339 truly beautiful examples from the former Chinese imperial collection held in the collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing and dating from the Shunzhi and Kangxi reigns are illustrated in colour and described. Practically all the pieces are shown in multiple views, often with close-up detail, and including bases, base marks and reign marks. Text in Chinese. A definitive visual reference. Now out-of-print.
Hu Desheng
GUGONG SHOUCANG: XIANGQIAN JIAJU
The Gugong Collection: Inlaid Furniture
故宮收藏 : 鑲嵌家具 。 胡德生 主編.
Beijing, 2009. 287 pp. Colour plates throughout. 24×17 cm. Wrappers.
Illustrates and describes 200 of the finest examples of inlaid furniture held in the collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing. In addition to furniture, also includes screens, table screens and hanging panels. Illustrated throughout in colour. Text in Chinese.
J. J. Lally & Co
SONG DYNASTY CERAMICS
The Ronald W. Longsdorf Collection.
New York, 2013. c. 130 pp. 61 pp. full page colour plates. 28×22 cm. Paper.
Shows 61 very fine and aesthetically-pleasing Song dynasty ceramics from a private collection slowly built with discernment over a period of some forty years. Includes pieces from numerous kilns – Yaozhou, Jun wares, Qingbai pieces, Longquan celadons, Jizhou tea bowls, Cizhou ceramics and brown and black glazed wares. All illustrated in colour and described in detail. Introductory essay by the collector, Ronald Longsdorf.
KANGXI PORCELAIN WARES FROM THE SHANGHAI MUSEUM COLLECTION
Shanghai Bowuguan Cang Kangxi Ci Tulu.
上海博物館藏康熙瓷圖錄.
Hong Kong, 1998. xlvii, 383 pp. 375 pp. colour plates 31×22 cm. Paper.
Catalogue of an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum showing 250 Kangxi wares from the Museum’s superb collection. All marks illustrated and detail of many objects shown. Introductory texts in English and Chinese. Captions to plates in English with fuller descriptions in Chinese. An excellent reference on the subject.
Lam, Peter
DIE CAI: BAOYIZHAI CANG ZHONGGUO QIQI
Layered Beauty: The Baoyizhai Collection of Chinese Lacquer.
疊彩 : 包一齋藏中國漆器.
Hong Kong, 2010. 247 pp. Numerous colour plates and numerous b/w text illustrations. 31×23 cm. Boards.
Catalogue of an exhibition at the Art Museum at the Chinese University of Hong Kong showing Chinese lacquer from the collection of the late Hu Shih-chang. Fifty two fine examples dating from the Western Han to the Qing are illustrated in colour (many in multiple views) and described in detail. The large majority of the pieces are Ming or earlier. Interesting (and well-illustrated) accompanying essays by various authors including: Song Dynasty Mother-of-Pearl Lacquers and a Dish in the British Museum; On Chinese Tixi Lacquer; Carved Lacquer (and Further Observation on Carved Lacquer) of the Hongwu Period; Inscriptions on Ming Lacquer. Dual texts in Chinese and English.
Valenstein, Suzanne G. et al
ORIENTAL CERAMICS – THE WORLD’S GREAT COLLECTIONS 12
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Oriental Ceramics Deluxe edition: Vol. 12.
Tokyo, 1977. 315 pp. 95 colour plates, tipped in. 312 b/w and reference plates and illustrations. 37×27 cm. Cloth gilt, silk covered case.
The final volume in the series features fine Chinese, Japanese, Islamic and Korean ceramics. Qing dynasty works, Nabeshima ware and pottery from Nishapur are the highlights of one of the most comprehensive collections. Deluxe edition.
National Palace Museum
DE JIA QU: QIANLONG HUANGDI DE TAOCI PINWEI
Obtaining Refined Enjoyment: The Qianlong Emperor’s Taste in Ceramics.
德佳趣 : 乾隆皇帝的陶瓷品味.
Taibei, 2012. 289 pp. Colour plates throughout. Numerous colour text plates. 30×24 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of a fine exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taibei exploring the preferences of the Qing dynasty Qianlong Emperor with regard to his vast imperial collection of ceramics. The first section of the exhibition and catalogue ‘Poetry as Record’ shows superb Chinese ceramics dating from the Song to the Qing that the Emperor admired and enjoyed – bearing the famous inscribed inscriptions and poems expressing his admiration and enjoyment. The second section ‘Taste Re-Presented’ displays ceramics illustrated in the Qianlong Emperor’s painted albums of ceramics, together with the original painted illustration. Introductions, list of contents and captions in English. Main text in Chinese. Illustrated throughout in colour.
National Palace Museum
HEGUANG TICAI: GUGONG CANG QI
Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colours: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum.
和光剔采 : 故宮藏漆.
Taibei, 2008. 200 pp. Colour plates throughout. 30×21 cm. Wrappers.
A fine work discussing and illustrating 200 of the finest Chinese lacquers in the museum’s collection, all from the former imperial Chinese collection. Focusses mainly on Ming and Qing dynasty lacquers and includes previously-unpublished examples. In addition, this work is of much interest due to its study of major stylistic movements in Chinese lacquer carving. The book has the following chapters: Prologue: Sung and Yuan Dynasty Lacquerware; The Yung-Hsuan Stylistic Lineage; The Chia-Wan Stylistic Lineage; The Ch’ien-lung Stylistic Lineage; The Revival of Private Lacquerware in the Late Ch’ing and early Republic. Prefaces, introductions to each section and list of plates in English. Main text in Chinese. A good contribution to the literature on the subject based on the world’s finest collection of Chinese lacquer.
National Palace Museum
HUALI CAI CI: QIANLONG YANGCAI
Stunning Decorative Porcelains from the Ch’ien-lung Reign.
華麗彩瓷 : 乾隆洋彩
Taibei, 2008. 306 pp. Numerous fullpage colour plates. Colour text illustrations. 29×21 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of a stunning and important exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taibei of exquisitely-painted yangcai Chinese porcelains dating from the Qianlong reign. Includes many previously unpublished pieces. Yangcai (‘foreign colour’) ceramics were a synthesis of western painting techniques and falangcai enamel glazes first produced in the early Qianlong period. It seems that the Qianlong emperor was much involved with the design and approval of these ceramics. The ceramics include those painted with intricate and delicate designs and others with beautifully-painted scenes ranging from snowscapes to delicately-rendered flowers and those with ‘flower brocade’ designs. This exhibition shows nearly the entire holding of the museum’s collection of Qianlong yangcai porcelain, mostly produced between 1741 and 1744. The 101 superb exhibits are all illustrated in full colour, many with multiple views and close-up detail. Introduction, essay, good list of plates with detail plus captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese.
National Palace Museum
JIN CHENG XU YANG: QING YONGZHENG FALANG CAI CI
Porcelain with Painted Enamels of Qing Yongzheng Period (1723-1735).
金成旭吷 : 清雍正琺瑯彩瓷
Taibei, 2013. 359 pp. Colour plates throughout. Numerous small colour text illustrations. 30×21 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of a marvellous and focussed exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taibei showing 92 superb examples of Qing dynasty Yongzheng imperial ceramics with painted enamel decoration. Such porcelains were the creme-de-la-creme of the Yongzheng reign. The 92 exhibits include numerous pairs of bowls and dishes and there are thus a total of 176 pieces in the exhibition. All illustrated in excellent colour plates, the majority in multiple views and showing close-up detail. Base marks shown. The catalogue is also of much interest in that it explores the management of the Imperial Workshops under the Yongzheng reign and delves in to Qing dynasty archival records of the period pertaining to the manufacture of these ceramics. Useful four page preface and captions to plates in English. Main text in Chinese.
National Palace Museum
BLUE-AND-WHITE WARE OF THE MING DYNASTY
Book I. Porcelain of the National Palace Museum.
Hong Kong, 1963. 90 pp. text in Chinese & in English. 89 plates and illustrations in colour. 40×28 cm. Cloth.
The blue-and-white wares of the Ming comprise seven volumes in this series of 33 volumes. This first one contains the Hongwu and Yongle period porcelains in this unparalleled collection.
National Palace Museum
BLUE-AND-WHITE WARE OF THE MING DYNASTY
Book II (Part 1). Porcelain of the National Palace Museum.
Hong Kong, 1963. 77 pp. text in Chinese & in English. 103 plates and illustrations in colour. 40×28 cm. Cloth.
The blue-and-white wares of the Ming comprise seven volumes. This second one contains the first part of Xuande period porcelains.
National Palace Museum
BLUE-AND-WHITE WARE OF THE MING DYNASTY
Book II (Part 2). Porcelain of the National Palace Museum.
Hong Kong, 1963. 59 pp. text in Chinese & in English. 91 plates and illustrations in colour. 40×28 cm. Cloth.
The blue-and-white wares of the Ming dynasty in the National Palace Museum. This third volume of 7 on Ming porcelains contains the second part of Xuande period porcelains.
National Palace Museum
BLUE-AND-WHITE WARE OF THE MING DYNASTY
Book III. Porcelain of the National Palace Museum.
Hong Kong, 1963. 70 pp. text in Chinese & in English. 115 plates and illustrations in colour. 40×28 cm. Cloth.
The blue-and-white wares of the Ming comprise seven volumes. This fourth one contains the Chenghua period porcelains.
National Palace Museum
SONG GUANYAO TEZHAN
Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Sung Dynasty Kuan Ware.
Taibei, 1996. 180 pp. 143 plates in colour. All marks reproduced. Text in Chinese and English. 25×24 cm. Cloth, slipcase.
A sumptuous catalogue of a special exhibition illustrating 143 of the best pieces of Song Guan porcelain in the collection of the National Palace Museum. Third printing of 1989 catalogue.
Sargent, William
TREASURES OF CHINESE EXPORT CERAMICS FROM THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Salem, 2012. 556 pp. Colour plates throughout. 31×24 cm. Cloth.
Shows 287 representative examples of Chinese export porcelain dating from the 15th to the early 20th century from one of the world’s great collections. Divided into sections by types of ware and decorative motifs. Illustrated throughout in colour and with an excellent descriptive text.
Shanghai Museum
YOU LAN SHEN CAI: YUANDAI QINGHUA CIQI TE JI
Splendors in Smalt: The Art of Yuan Blue-and-White Porcelain.
幽藍神采 : 元代青花瓷器特集.
Shanghai, 2012. 278 pp. Colour plates throughout. 30×23 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of a superb exhibition at the Shanghai Museum showing some 90 important pieces of Yuan dynasty blue-and-white porcelain loaned from museums and institutions worldwide. A number of pieces are shown for the first time. Includes 10 pieces from the National Museum of Iran, one of the famous Percival David vases, the record-breaking guan sold in London in 2007, other examples from museums in Japan, Russia and the USA plus loans from museums in China. Prefaces, list of contents, brief introductions to each section and captions in English. Main text in Chinese. Recommended.
Sotheby’s
SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG – TWENTY YEARS
Hong Kong, 1993. 429 pp. 708 colour plates and illustrations. 31×22 cm. Cloth.
Commemorative catalogue assembling some of the best pieces of Chinese art and handicrafts sold at their auctions in Hong Kong since 1973. Mainly ceramics, but also some lacquer, jade and paintings.
Thompson, Julian
THE ALAN CHUANG COLLECTION OF CHINESE PORCELAIN
Hong Kong, 2010. 325, 83 pp. Full page colour plates throughout. Colour text plates. 35×27 cm. Cloth.
The Alan Chuang collection is amongst the most important to have been formed in recent years. The collection clearly reflects the collector’s preferences. Thus, vases and cups, rather than dishes and bowls; flowers and landscapes instead of dragons and other more formal decoration. The ceramics date from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and include many important pieces, including a superb late Yuan Qingbai figure of Guanyin, the only other known example being in the Capital Museum, Beijing. Amongst the Ming wares, the Chenghua period is well represented. Moving on to Qing dynasty examples, there are numerous imperial wares of fabulous quality, including monochromes, famille-rose and the highly-prized falangcai enamelled porcelains made for the personal use of, and appreciation by, the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. Shows a total of 121 superb ceramics. Illustrated throughout with full page colour plates, many of the pieces being shown in multiple views and with close-up detail. All base marks shown. Introductory and descriptive texts by a renowned expert in the field. Dual texts in Chinese and English. A beautiful book produced to the highest standards.
Xu Huping & Nanjing Museum
GONGTING ZHEN CANG: ZHONGGUO QINGDAI GUANYAO CIQI
Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty.
宮廷珍藏 : 中國清代官窯瓷器 。 徐湖平 主編.
Shanghai, 2003. 513 pp. 496 pp. colour plates. 31×23 cm. Cloth.
Approximately 450 superb pieces of Qing dynasty porcelain from the Nanjing Museum collection are illustrated in full page colour plates and arranged chronologically by reign from Shunzhi to Xuantong. Many of the pieces are imperial and come from the former imperial collection. Twelve pages of useful introductory text, brief introductions to each section and captions to all plates in English. Main text in Chinese. A prime reference on Qing ceramics and quite the best work on the Nanjing Museum Qing dynasty porcelain collection yet published. Recommended. Out-of-print and hard to find.