Blue & White: Chinese Porcelain Around the World

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Art Media Resources, 2000 - Antiques & Collectibles - 208 pages
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This richly illustrated book traces the history and evolution of blue and white in China, first during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), when the Mongols ruled all of Asia, creating an environment in which blue and white could travel swiftly as far as the Mediterranean. In the fifteenth century the Chinese became enamoured of their own product, while at the same time the Ming potters were susceptible to ideas from the Islamic world and commercial and aesthetic pressures during the colonial period of European expansion. From the sixteenth century onwards, passion for collecting became a major influence on the concept of chinoiserie.

Finally John Carswell shows how the combined efforts of scholars, collectors and archaeologists have illuminated how, why and when blue and white developed and has made such a major impact on world civilization. The stunning illustrations are from museums and private collections around the world and include some never before published.

The book also includes a very special unpublished material from a mysterious fourteenth century shipwreck in the Red Sea. Seen by only a handful of experts, the findings from this shipwreck are very important for art history and are published here for the first time. Full details with line drawings and complete mini-catalogue of this material are given in the book.

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"Reviews: Blue & White: Chinese Porcelain Around the World." International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 182-197, Apr 2004. "provisional list of wrecks particularly significant for the history of Chinese ceramics’, namely (in chronological order with ship name and location): Lena junk (Philippines, c. 1500); San Isidro junk (Philippines, c. 1550); Royal Captain. (Philippines, late 16th century); San Diego (Manila,. 1600); Witte Leeuw (St Helena, 1613); Banda (Mauritius, 1615); San Gonšalo (Cape of Good Hope, 1630); Concepciˇn (Haiti, 1640); ‘Hatcher’ wreck (? South China Sea, 1643–6); Vung Tau wreck (off Vietnam, 1690); Geldermalsen (off Vietnam, 1732) (My note: Location of Geldermalsen may be wrong.) Julian Thompson. "Pots of History". A review of John Carswell's book Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain around the World in Cornucopia 23. http://www.cornucopia.net/aboutbw.html 

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