Blanc de Chine: The Great Porcelain of Dehua

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Ten Speed Press, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 240 pages
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Beginning in the mid-thirteenth century, the kilns of Dehua, capital of the Fujian Province in southeast China, began producing brilliant white porcelain pieces, the likes of which had never been seen before. Today, blanc de Chine pieces are some of the most sought-after collectibles in the world of Chinese art, their aesthetic appeal lying in their stark shapes and color, and their impossibly delicate, glasslike glaze. "Blanc De Chine" weaves together the most engaging, authoritative story of this precious art ever told. For the connoisseur, author Robert Blumenfield presents dazzling photographs and important research findings from around the world. For the novice collector, he details the differences between true blanc de Chine and other, less distinguished white wares. For the Asian art enthusiast, he provides a rich historical account of the evolution of the form, and the character and technical mastery that distinguish its finest pieces. A major contribution to the field, "Blanc De Chine" will be treasured by all who appreciate the breathtaking beauty and fascinating tradition of this exquisite art.

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About the author (2002)

Blumenfield purchased his first piece of blanc de Chine, a Guanyin figure, about 20 years ago, and has since developed one of the most conprehensive private collections in the world. His enthusiasm for the subject has sent him all over the world, including to Dehua itself.

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