Our bibliography has been compiled by 3 people: Cyril Beecher , Hanshan Tang and Margaret Medley. You can filter the books by the compiler.

2013 ANTIQUES: AUCTION RECORDS 2012.1.1 – 2012.12.31 (CERAMICS)Hanshan Tang
骨董拍賣年鑒 : 瓷器.

Gudong Paimai Nianjian: Ciqi. 2013
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.

A Catalogue of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the Collection of Sir Percival David, Bart.Margaret Medley

Hobson, R.L.
London, 1934. Privately printed.

The catalogue of what was the greatest private collection as it was in 1933, compiled by one of the great authorities on Chinese ceramics.

A Handbook of Chinese CeramicsCyril Beecher

Valenstein, G. Suzanne
Weidenfeld & Nicolson and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1989

A revised edition of the book first published in 1975, bringing up to date a most useful overview of the whole range of Chinese ceramics from Neolithic to the twentieth century.

Blanc de ChineMargaret Medley

Donnelly, P.J.
Faber Monograph series, London, 1969.

The only publication on this subject, it is sadly marred by numerous inaccuracies and confusion.

Catalogue of the George Eumorfopoulos Collection of Chinese and Korean Pottery and PorcelainMargaret Medley

Hobson, R.L.
London, 1925-28. 6 vols.

The catalogue of what was the greatest private collection of Chinese art ever made in the west. Some pieces would now be dismissed as late copies, or even fakes, but the work remains valuable for reference for all types of Chinese ceramics.

Ceramics in the Sadberk Hanim MuseumCyril Beecher

Carswell, John
Vehbi KoV Foundation, Istanbul, 1995

This illustrates and describes another interesting Turkish collection of Ming and early Qing export wares, all well illustrated.

Chinese Armorial PorcelainMargaret Medley

Howard, David.S.
Faber, London, 1974.

A standard work of immense value for reference. Excellently illustrated with a very readable text.

Chinese Blue and White CeramicsCyril Beecher

Carswell, John
British Museum, London, 2000

This includes some interesting insights into these wares, with special attention to the early pieces. The relationships between ceramics from China, the Middle East and Europe are also discussed

Chinese Celadon WaresMargaret Medley

Gompertz, G.St.G.M.
Faber Monograph Series, London, 1980. Revised edition.

A standard work on a fascinating aspect by a specialist collector, better known for his work on Korean ceramics.

Chinese CeramicsMargaret Medley

Hayashiya, S. and Hasebe, Gakuji.
Tokyo, 1966.

A general history of Chinese ceramics, amply illustrated, presents the Japanese approach to the subject.

Chinese CeramicsMargaret Medley

Beurdeley, M & C.
(Trans. Katherine Watson)

A massive, expensive and lavishly illustrated general history. It unfortunately contains many historical and technical inaccuracies, but is useful for its illustrations.

Chinese Ceramics: A Short HistoryMargaret Medley

Sato, M.
New York & Tokyo, 1981.

A translation of Professor Sato’s Chugoku Tojishi of 1979. Valuable because it reveals much of the Japanese approach. Sato is one of the foremost authorities in Japan in this field.

Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe CollectionMargaret Medley

Gyllensvard, B.
Stockholm, 1964.

A fully illustrated catalogue of a remarkable collection, exceptionally strong in white wares. Some of the dating is unreliable.

Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, AmsterdamCyril Beecher

Jorg, C. J. A. and van Campen, J.
Philip Wilson, London, 1997

The Ming and Qing wares held in this museum are covered with good illustrations and each piece is particularly well described.

Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, IstanbulMargaret Medley

Ayers, J.G. et al.
London 1986, 3 quarto vols.

This is the largest collection of Chinese wares from the late 13th century onwards, dominated by its blue and white, and celadon wares. A fully documented study of the collection and its historical background, with about 4,000 pieces illustrated together with the marks and inscriptions. Very expensive but an essential reference work for a specialised area.

Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683Cyril Beecher

Little, Stephen
China Institute in America, New York, 1984

This catalogue of an exhibition of Transitional wares has an historical survey of these wares and the descriptions for the illustrations are most comprehensive and informative.

Chinese Ceramics. Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911Cyril Beecher

Kerr, Rose
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1986

A comprehensive review of the Qing ceramics in the V and A with many of the objects illustrated.

Chinese Ceramics. The New Standard GuideCyril Beecher

He Li
Thames and Hudson, London, 1996

The ceramics are from the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and 850 objects are illustrated. All periods are covered from Neolithic to the Qing dynasty but is limited, with regard to the claim in the title, to the objects available in the museum and is slightly idiosyncratic in character.

Chinese Export PorcelainCyril Beecher

De Matos, Maria, Antonia Pinto
Philip Wilson, London, 1996

Descriptions of wares held at the Museum of Anastacio Goncalves, Lisbon, mostly Ming and early Qing and giving insights into Portuguese taste in ceramics during these periods.

Chinese GlazesCyril Beecher

Wood, Nigel
A & C Black, London, and the University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1999

This book, on some of the technical aspects of Chinese ceramic production, is full of interesting information, providing a fascinating background to collecting any type of Chinese ceramics.

Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil ShrineMargaret Medley

Pope, J.A.
Washington, 1956. Reprinted London, 1982.

The reprint is slightly revised and issued by Philip Wilson, Sotheby’s Publications. It is an important pioneering study of an historic collection mainly of blue and white.

Chinese Porcelains of the Seventeenth Century. Landscapes, Scholars’ Motifs and NarrativesCyril Beecher

Curtis, Julia B.
Chinese Institute in America, New York, 1995

A fascinating insight into the motifs and decorations on some seventeenth century Chinese wares by a scholar with a special understanding of this aspect of ceramics.

Chinese Pottery and PorcelainMargaret Medley

Hobson, R.L.
London, 1915. 2 vols. Now reprinted in 1 vol. New York, 1976.

Although now in many respects out of date, this remarkable work remains indispensable for the serious collector, with its many penetrating observations and sound scholarship.

Chinese Pottery and Porcelain; being a translation of the T’ao-shuoMargaret Medley

Bushell, Stephen.W.
Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1977 (Reprint of the original edition of 1910)

This was the first study by a Chinese author devoted exclusively to Chinese ceramics and reflects the scholar’s attitude as it was in the 18th century. The translation could be improved, but the work is nevertheless valuable. Very important are the two letters of Pere d’Entrecolles, of 1712 and 1722, which Bushell added as Appendices.

Obtaining Refined Enjoyment: The Qianlong Emperor’s Taste in Ceramics.

National Palace Museum
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.

Designs as Signs: Decoration and Chinese CeramicsCyril Beecher

Pierson, Stacey
The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 2001

This is an interesting study of the designs, stories and motifs on some of the ceramics in the collection.

Early Ming Wares from Ching-te-chenMargaret Medley

Brankston, A.J.
Peking, 1937. Reprinted 1970

An interesting account based on Chinese texts and connoisseurship. Unfortunately the sources are not as a rule quoted, so its value is limited.

Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration. Four Dynasties of Porcelain Decoration.Cyril Beecher

Scott, Rosemary E.
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1992

A well-illustrated book to accompany the anniversary exhibition at the Percival David Foundation in 1992, including pieces from the collection as well as pieces from the collection of C. P. Lin.

Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration.

Gugong Museum
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.

Famous Ceramics of JapanMargaret Medley

Kodansha International
Tokyo, 1981, 1981-84, 12 vols.

The series, with contributions by various authors, presents first-rate coloured illustrations of the products of all the major kilns, each volume with a simple text introducing the ware. 1. Nabeshima. 2. Agano & Takatori. 3 & 4. Folk Kilns. 5. Kakiemon. 6. Tokoname. 7. Oribe. 8. Karatsu. 9. Kiseto & Setoguro. 10. Hagi. 11. Shino.

Fourteenth Century Blue and White in the Topkapu Serai Muzesi, IstanbulMargaret Medley

Pope, J.A.
Washington, 1970.

The first monograph on this material by an acknowledged authority. it is aminly concerned with the identification of the decorative motifs.

Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China; Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.DMargaret Medley

Mino Yutaka
Indianapolis Museuem of Art, 1980-81.

The most important catalogue raisonne ever published on this popular and varied ware. Meticulousely documented and well illustrated with comparative material.

Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty.

Xu Huping & Nanjing Museum
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.

An Exhibition of Early Ming Blue-and-White Porcelain in the Collection of the Gugong Museum, Beijing

Gugong Museum
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.

Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels: Volumes 1-5.

Gugong Museum
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.

The Gugong Collection: Inlaid Furniture

Hu Desheng
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.

HaniwaMargaret Medley

Miki, Fumio
(Arts of Japan, vol. 8)Weatherhill, New York, 1974.

An authoritative study of this splendid sepulchral earthenware by a Japanese archaeologist. Well illustrated, it includes a classified bibliography covering historical background, the wares and the ceramic tradition. A good starting point for the earlier wares.

Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colours: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum.

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.

Imperial Taste. Chinese Ceramics from the Percival David Foundation.Cyril Beecher

The Percival David Foundation
Chronicle Books & Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989

This includes a catalogue by Rosemary Scott with full descriptions and illustrations of some of the Imperial ceramics in the collection as well as some interesting essays by several other authors.

Japanese and Oriental CeramicsMargaret Medley

Gorham, Hazel
Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo.

A fairly comprehensive handbook with short entries on wares, kilns, decorations and marks. Illustrated entirely with line drawings. An index for quick reference. A large bibliography, but without any evaluations, so this needs careful use.

Japanese CeramicsMargaret Medley

Miller, R.A.
Tokyo, 1960.

Adapted from the original Japanese text of Okuda, Koyama, Hayashiya and others. A useful survey for a newcomer to Japanese wares.

Japanese PorcelainMargaret Medley

Jenyns, Soame
Faber Monograph series, London, 1965.

An ambitious study of traditional wares by this stimulating author. Values of sources, dating and references should be checked.

Jingdezhen Wares: The Yuan EvolutionMargaret Medley

Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong-Kong
Hong-Kong, 1984.

This is a catalogue of an important exhibition with a number of important introductory essays by well-known specialists such as Sir John Addis, M. Medley, M. Tregear etc.

Karatsu: A Tradition of DiversityMargaret Medley

Becker, Joanna
Kodansha International, New York, 1986.

Written with a deep appreciation of the ware by a practising potter, this should be a very valuable study of a justly famous ware.

Kraak Porcelain. A Moment in the History of TimeCyril Beecher

Rinaldi, Maura
Bamboo Publishing, London, 1989

This is an outstanding review of this highly collectable group of ceramics with a very wide range of designs and forms discussed and illustrated. A problem still remains – exactly which ceramics at the limits of the group should be or not be described as Kraak ware.

Kutani WareMargaret Medley

Nakagawa, Sansaku
(Japanese Arts Lib.) Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1979.

An excellent well-illustrated study with notes and glossary, as well as a well-annotated bibliography.

Kyoto CeramicsMargaret Medley

Sato, Masahiko
(Arts of Japan, vol. 2) Weatherhill, New York, 1973.

An excellent study by an acknowledged expert in the field. Well illustrated.

Later Chinese PorcelainMargaret Medley

Jenyns, S.
Faber Monograph series, London, 1971.

A valuable work on a long and difficult period from the 17th century onward by an author with a highly idiosyncratic style, who draws the reader into discussion at every turn. Jenyns had access to many unusual Chinese texts and he raises historical points that are not found elsewhere. References should be carefully checked.

Ming PorcelainMargaret Medley

Goldschmidt, D.Lion.
Thames and Hudson, London, 1978

This splendidly illustrated volume is essential for the study of Ming wares, and is particularly illuminating for those interested in stylistic development. A work of great refinement with many subtle insights.

Ming Pottery and PorcelainMargaret Medley

Jenyns, S.
Faber Monograph series, London, 1987. A new corrected edition.

A very idiosyncratic work of enormous interest, with much historical and other peripheral material of great value that is available nowhere else.

Oriental Blue and WhiteMargaret Medley

Garner, Sir Harry.M.
Faber Monographs series, London, 1970. 3rd edition.

This is a revised edition with a new enlarged introduction of a well-established standard work, invaluable as a starting point for all collectors of blue and white.

Oriental Ceramic ArtMargaret Medley

Bushell, Stephen.W.,
New York, 1899. Reprinted.

Now largely out of date, but still important for Qing ceramics, and its valuable translations of passages from Chinese texts. Bushell was the great pioneer.

Porcelain and the Dutch East India CompanyMargaret Medley

Volker, T.
Leiden, 1954.

An indispensable reference work for collectors of seventeenth century Chinese export ware.

Porcelain for Palaces. The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750Cyril Beecher

Ayers, J., Impey, O. and Mallet, J. V. G.
The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1990

This catalogue, containing a number of very important essays, is a major contribution to the study of Japanese Export Wares, 1650-1750. Also the influence of these wares on Western ceramic production is thoroughly covered. Many important objects are illustrated.

Pre-Tang Ceramics of China. Chinese pottery from 4000BC to 600 ADCyril Beecher

Watson, William
Faber and Faber, London, 1991

This volume of the Faber monographs covers the early range of Chinese ceramics exhaustively and in a most scholarly way, covering China on a region by region basis. Each region is dealt with chronologically so that production from the same periods but from different areas can be compared. There are chapters devoted to kiln technology and to shapes and models.

Collectors, Dealers and Scholars in the Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America.

Davids, Roy & Jellinek, Dominic
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.

Blue and White Porcelain and Underglaze Red: Parts One to Three

Gugong Museum
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.

Qing Dynasty Blue-and-White Porcelain from the Shunzhi and Kangxi Reigns

Gugong Museum
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.

Raku Art and TechniqueMargaret Medley

Rieger, Hal
Studio Vista, London, 1970.

A good illustrated potter’s guide.

Raku PotteryMargaret Medley

Piepenberg, Robert
Macmillan & Co, New York, 1972.

A potter’s study of this popular Tea Ceremony ware from the technical point of view, with a brief history and a discussion of the Tea Ceremony. Good illustration, charts and drawings.

Rare Marks on Chinese CeramicsCyril Beecher

Wilson, Ming
The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1998

Interesting marks on ceramics from the two collections are discussed and all objects and their marks are illustrated.

Shanghai Bowuguan Cang Kangxi Ci Tulu.Hanshan Tang

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.

Shigaraku, Potter’s ValleyMargaret Medley

Cort, Louise
Kodansha International, Tokyo, New York etc., 1979.

A masterly and comprehensive study of one of the most attractive and widely used rough stonewares, which in recent times has been much refined. Both historic and modern wares are covered.

ShinoMargaret Medley

Kuroda, Ryoji
(Famous Ceramics of Japan, vol. 12) Tokyo, 1984.

An up-to-date study of one of the most sensuous of ceramic wares of the Momoyama period in a good popular series.

Shino and Oribe CeramicsMargaret Medley

Fujioka, Ryochi
(Japanese Arts Lib.) Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1977.

A systematic study of two very popular wares by the former Curator of Ceramics at Kyoto National Museum. Excellent illustrations.

Shino and Oribe Kiln SitesMargaret Medley

Faulkner, R.F.J. and Impey, O.R.
Oxford, 1981.

The catalogue of a very interesting exhibition of sherds from Toki City, with a useful introduction and good drawings of kilns. Well illustrated and has a useful bibliography together with three clear maps.

The Ronald W. Longsdorf Collection.

J. J. Lally & Co
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.


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.

Sung Ceramic DesignMargaret Medley

Wirgin, J.
Stockholm, 1970.

A systematic study of the decorations and styles of Song dynasty wares, with a tentative, but well-argued chronology. A very valuable work for anyone with a serious interest in this classic period. Numerous illustrations and line drawings.

Sung Pottery and PorcelainMargaret Medley

Gray, B
Faber Monograph Series, London, 1984.

The most recent addition to this well-known series of scholarly volumes brings our knowledge up to date with the most recent Chinese research in the field.

Sunken Treasure, Lena CargoCyril Beecher

Goddio, F., Pierson, S. and Crick, M.
Periplus, London, 2000

The catalogue for an exhibition of ceramics salvaged from a late 15th century wreck, held at the Percival David Foundation, London. A very interesting range of ceramics with a common period of production are included, together with a few pieces from the PDF, making a major step towards more accurate dating these export wares. The illustrations are excellent.

Tamba PotteryMargaret Medley

Rhodes, Daniel
Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1970.

A study of an attractive peasant ware by a sculptor and potter with long teaching experience. A worthwhile book.

Tang and Liao PotteryMargaret Medley

Watson, W.
London, 1984.

A comprehensive study of forms and kilns, with a discussion of decoration, preceded by a long historical introduction. Not an easy book to use and often controversial.It is amply documented, but almost exclusively from Chinese sources. Marred somewhat by some very bad editorial work.

Tang Pottery and PorcelainMargaret Medley

Medley, M.
Faber Monograph series, London, 1981.

A systematic study of the ceramic types of this rich and exciting period based on recent Chinese research.

The Art of Japanese CeramicsMargaret Medley

Mikami, Tsugio
Weatherhill/Heibonsha, New York & Tokyo, 1972.

A short history and appreciation by a well-known Japanese art historian and archaeologist. The translation does not always do justice to the original text, and techniques and terms should be checked.

The Ceramic Art of China, and other countries of the Far EastMargaret Medley

Honey, W.B.
London, 1945.

A general survey, mainly aesthetic, written in a very individual style by a former Keeper of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Now rather out of date but still interesting.

The Ceramic Art of JapanMargaret Medley

Munsterberg, H.
Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, 1964.

Sub-titled, “a handbook for collectors”, this is a useful introductory volume by a well-known Far Eastern art historian. It has a well-chosen select bibliography of the earlier literature.

The Ceramic Art of Ogata KenzanMargaret Medley

Kawahara, Masahiko
(Japanese Arts Lib. vol. 13) Tokyo.

A well-presented study with easily understood technical information. The author does not settle the dating satisfactorily, but the criteria are there.

The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan. Arita in the first Half of the Seventeenth CenturyCyril Beecher

Impey, Oliver
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1996

This is a most significant contribution to the study of Japanese porcelain production prior to the start of the export period in the second half of the seventeenth century. An important aspect of this book is the inclusion of a number of sherds collected by the author at the kiln sites, so enabling many early pieces to be attributed to actual kilns.

The Emperor’s Broken China. Reconstructing Chenghua PorcelainCyril Beecher

Krahl, Regina (editor)
Sotheby’s, London, 1995

A highly informative catalogue that describes numerous archaeological findings from the Imperial kiln at Jingdezhen, throwing new light onto Chenghua ceramics.

The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes. The Complete Record.Cyril Beecher

Sheaf, Colin and Kilburn, Richard
Phaidon Christie’s, London, 1988

The two cargoes salvaged by Captain Hatcher from the South China Sea covered by this volume provided valuable information for the dating of Chinese export ceramics at the very end of the Ming dynasty and at the middle of the eighteenth century. These two cargoes are fully discussed and many varieties of porcelain are illustrated.

The Heritage of Japanese CeramicsMargaret Medley

Koyama, Fujio
(Trans. John Figgess).

A general history by one of the foremost ceramics historians in Japan, who was also a potter. Well illustrated.

The Porcelain of Hung-hsienMargaret Medley

Oort, H.A. van
Lochem, 1970.

A study of the socio-cultural background and some characteristics of the porcelain produced at Jingdezhen under the self-appointed “emperor” Yuan Shikai in 1916.

The World of Japanese CeramicsMargaret Medley

Sanders, H.H.
Tokyo, 1973.

A valuable study of the techniques of the Japanese potter with ample illustrations.

Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic SocietyMargaret Medley

Oriental Ceramic Society of London
London, 1921-

Now an annual publication, it includes many valuable scholarly papers on almost every aspect of Chinese ceramics and art generally. Reduced prices for members of the Society, but individual numbers available from Philip Wilson Publishers.

Transitional Wares and Their ForerunnersMargaret Medley

Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong-Kong
Hong-Kong, 1981.

The catalogue of a very important exhibition of Chinese porcelains of the period from the late 16th century to about 1680. A series of interesting and valuable pioneering essays introduces much previously unpublished material.


Sargent, William
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.

YANSE YOUHanshan Tang
Monochrome Porcelain

Gugong Museum
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.

Splendors in Smalt: The Art of Yuan Blue-and-White Porcelain.

Shanghai Museum
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.

Yuan Porcelain and StonewareMargaret Medley

Medley, M.
Faber Monograph series, London, 1974.

The first comprehensive study of a much disputed period of unusual interest, when China was wide open to outside influences.

Zhangzhou (Swatow) CeramicsCyril Beecher

Adhyatman, Sumarah
The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1990

A well-illustrated catalogue of Swatow wares found in Indonesia but many similar pieces are found in the West. Included are some interesting articles giving important new details of the kiln origins for these characteristic wares.