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Korean Art from the Gompertz and Other Collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum: A Complete Catalogue (Fitzwilliam Museum Publications) Hardcover – 17 Jun 2005

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'… this work by Yun is invaluable for those who do not have the Korean language.' Apollo Magazine

'Having waited more than ten years for the publication of this book, it is good to read essays on ceramics … that bring long-overdue information to an English-language audience.' Burlington Magazine

'It was the hope of Gompertz that such a catalogue would make people more familiar with this outstanding and far too little-known tradition of ceramic manufacture. This impressively researched catalogue of a fine collection will set the standard for many years to come.' Reference Reviews

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This richly illustrated catalogue of the Gompertz and other collections provides detailed information on Korean art in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which has one of the finest collections of ceramics outside the Far East. Essays on Korean culture, ceramic technology and each type of ware, provide specialist background information.

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The Koryö celadons and Chosön porcelains that have found their final abode in the Fitzwilliam Museum are unique products of Korea's traditional culture - unique because, in contrast to other works of art in Korea, they represent a ready symbiosis of upper-class taste and workmanship provided by artisans of lower social standing. Read the first page
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unfortunately, mediocre text, pictures, and selection 3 Nov 2006
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I was disappointed by this book because Gompertz's own book on Korean celadon and Yi ceramic was (and still is) standard english reference book to study Korean ceramics. Gompertz studied many Japanese scholars at that time, and made his own perception on the beauty of Korean ceramics.

In this new book, there was no further improvement of Gompertz legacy. His ceramics are not compared to other masterpieces, and there are not enough detail analysis of the various colors, firing, and techniques. The picture quality is mediocre, and when you want to show the subtle celadon glaze, picture quality is very important. There is no new information on the text. The scholars should have tried to compare Chinese Song celadon and Korean celadon since we now have enough information about the influence between Song and Koryo period unlike the time when Gompertz was doing his research.

So far, the best books on Korean celadon/Yi ceramics are published by Japanese publishers (even better than Korean) so I recommend those books even if you cannot read Japanese, and buy the original Gompertz book for text. And price of $200..this is hard to justify.
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