A Dictionary of Chinese Ceramics

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Sun Tree Publishing Limited, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 368 pages
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This volume, the first ever attempted in such a format in the English language, is aimed at the collector, connoisseur, curator and all those engaged in this fascinating study. Information is provided in an encyclopedic format to serve a comprehensive range of enquiries, that have been carefully researched and written by world-renowned author, Professor Wang Qingzheng and his team of experts in the ceramics department of the Shanghai Museum, translators and editors. Though not a strict taxonomic study, this book is intended to address a vast number of enquiries into the artistic, stylistic, technical and historical aspects of Chinese ceramics. The book is essentially organised into seven chapters: Shapes and Forms; Ceramics Materials and Manufacture; Kiln Sites, Factories, Guilds and Wares; Decoration Methods, Glazes and Colors; Motifs; Marks and Inscriptions; Potters, Books and Studies on Ceramics. The book contains more than 2,500 entries, more than 1,000 color and black and white illustrations, and is supported by maps and dynamic and time chronologies. Selected line drawings provide a graphic analysis of shapes and decorative styles occurring throughout China's history of ceramic production. In addition, each entry title is accompanied by references in and Chinese characters for further reference, and wherever possible within the entry information supplied. Comprehensive indices in English will assist the reader in searching for desired entries. Owing to the complexity and conflicts arising in direct translations an from the Chinese language, an alphabetical order is implemented wherever possible in each chapter and/or sections or groups of topics within them, in general accordancewith Western dictionary conventions.

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Contents

Asia Library PREFACE
7
Note on How to use Chapter 1
17
Cups and Drinking Vessels
25
Jars Containers and Urns
33
Vases Spittoons and Bottles
42
Flasks Ewers and Teapots
58
Urinals
67
Earthenware Urns
77
Defects Restoration Forgery and Testing
143
KILN SITES FACTORIES GUILDS AND WARES
149
DECORATION METHODS GLAZES AND COLOURS
207
Note on How to use Chapter 5
242
Selected Line Drawings of Motifs and Symbols
261
Note on How to use Chapter 6
294
Qing Dynasty 1644 1911
301
POTTERS AND BOOKS ON CERAMICS
323

Scholars Accoutrements
86
Selected Line Drawings of Shapes and Forms
94
Note on How to use Chapter 2
122
Ceramic Manufacture
128
Ceramic Body and Glaze
135
Index English
332
Index Pinyin
352
Index of Chinese Classic Literature Cited
364
Copyright

About the author (2002)

Wang Qingzheng is an expert in the fields of Chinese ceramics, currency, and rubbings. He is the author of numerous books, including A Concise Ceramic Dictionary, Chinese Ceramics: Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, The Treasure of China's Beauty: Ceramics, The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics: Yuan Dynasty, and The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics: Qing Dynasty. He has served as deputy director of the Shanghai Museum and is currently honorary director of the Bowers Museum.

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