Catalogue of the Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1907 - Porcelain - 194 pages

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Page liii - Arranged to meet the requirements of the Syllabus of the Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education, South Kensington.
Page l - They have in China a very fine clay with which they make vases which are as transparent as glass; water is seen through them. These vases are made of clay.
Page li - As blue as the sky, as clear as a mirror, as thin as paper, and as resonant as a musical stone of jade.
Page xxxv - Many other notices from travellers of the 14th and loth centuries might be cited. It was probably through Egypt that it reached Europe ; at any rate a present of porcelain vases was sent by the Sultan of Egypt in 1487 to Lorenzo de' Medici. To the Portuguese is no doubt due the first direct importation of Chinese wares into Europe, in which they were followed by the various India Companies of Holland, England, France, Sweden, &c.
Page xxxviii - Bird-like I fly, and flying sing, To flowery kingdoms of Cathay, And bird-like poise on balanced wing Above the town of King-te-tching, A burning town, or seeming so, — Three thousand furnaces that glow Incessantly, and fill the air With smoke uprising, gyre on gyre, And painted by the lurid glare, Of jets and Hashes of red fire.
Page xlvi - Hard paste, containing only natural elements in the composition of the body and the glaze. 2. Soft paste, where the body is an artificial combination of various materials, agglomerated by the action of fire, in which the compound called a frit has been used as a substitute for a natural rock. No soft paste porcelain, as here defined, has ever been made in China, so that it need not be referred to further. All Chinese porcelain is of the hard paste variety. The body consists essentially of two...
Page l - The porcelain of the Ta-yi kilns is light and yet strong. It rings with a low jade note and is famed throughout the city. The fine white bowls surpass hoar frost and snow.
Page xlvi - The body consists essentially of two elements—vi{., the white clay, or kaolin, the unctuous and infusible element, which gives plasticity to the paste, and the felspathic stone, or petuntse, which is fusible at a high temperature, and gives transparency to the porcelain.
Page xlviii - ... was coined to designate, presumably, a new substance. The official memoir on "Porcelain Administration" in the topography of Fou-liang (Fou-lianghsien chih, book viii, folio 44), the first edition of which was published in 1270, says that, according to local tradition, the ceramic works at Hsin-p'ing (an old name of Fou-liang) were founded in the time of the Han dynasty, and had been in constant operation ever since.
Page xlv - Porcelain is the generic term employed to designate all kinds of pottery to which an incipient vitrification has been imparted by firing.

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