- Hardcover: 316 pages
- Publisher: Gerald Davison Ltd; Revised edition edition (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956451810
- ISBN-13: 978-0956451811
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
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The New and Revised Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013
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Inscriptions and marks of varying types appeared on Chinese pottery and porcelain with increasing frequency from the Tang Dynasty (618 - 906 CE) through to the Republic in the early years of the 20th century. From imperial marks to the many "hall" and auspicious marks used by scholars, collectors, potters and artists this is the essential book for all professional buyers, collectors and antique and art dealers with an interest in Chinese ceramics. Written in a way that will appeal to the beginner as well as the experienced professional, the introduction contains colour illustrations of a varied range of objects together with their marks - all colour images courtesy of Sotheby's. NEW and EXPANDED publication for 2013 now contains details of over 3,400 marks spread over 316 pages. This is the only reference work in any language to deal so exhaustively with the entire range of these very diverse marks. Beautifully reproduced in colour and still compiled in sections and groupings to make recognition of such unfamiliar shapes as easy as possible, all of the marks are translated into English together with the pinyin Romanisation. The range of marks includes not only those in the regular kaishu script but also some 500 marks redrawn in the classical zhuanshu seal script form together with a range of pictorial symbols. Finally the very detailed 70 page Directory section then provides a wide range of historical, dating, geographical and mythological information, where available, for each mark. A detailed cyclical table is included for translating the jiazi dating system often included in commemorative marks. Printed on high quality, 115 gsm silk art paper, sealed after printing and hard bound in red 'Balacron' faux leather with gold blocking, coloured end papers and silk headers.