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updated fri 23 feb 01


Bret Hinsch on wed 21 feb 01

Some of the best photos of classic Asian ceramics can be found in old
Christies and Sothebys auction catalogues. There are a couple of people on
the Internet who specialize in buying and selling old auction catalogues, if
you're interested. Sometimes these catalogues feature very unusual items
that you won't see published anywhere else.

Bret in Taipei

>From: Ravenson
>Reply-To: Ceramic Arts Discussion List
>Subject: books on ceramics
>Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 22:04:46 -0500
>Hi all I have a question. I am looking for books on pre-16th centery
>asain ceramics. Does anyone know of any real good ones, I allready have
> Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers and think its a great
>book lots of infro and some great pictures. I am looking for more like
>Thank You
>Jeffrey T James
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Joseph Herbert on thu 22 feb 01

One of my favorite books about Chinese ceramics is:

Margaret Medley: THE CHINESE POTTER. A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics
; Since its first publication almost twenty years ago this has become the
one invaluable handbook in the study of Chinese ceramics, surveying the
whole history from the point of view of technique, tracing the potter's
craft from the earliest unglazed earthenware to the apogee of blanc-de-chine
and the great wares of Ming. The clear technical descriptions are augmented
with illustrations of pieces from the world's greatest collections, with
dynasty marks, chronological tables, diagrams of kilns and chronology.
Softbound, 9x12, 288pp., 8 color illus., 215 b&w illus., maps, bib., index.
Second edition, London, 1997. Published at $24.95.

I lifted this description from a Bibliofind listing which included the
seller and offer price. If you wanted to buy a copy you could go to that
site and search on "Chinese potter". The search should give you several
choices of price, binding, seller, edition, etc.

Joseph Herbert