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Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics - From the Peabody Essex Museum Hardcover – 22 Jun 2012


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William R. Sargent is the former curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. Rose Kerr is Curator Emeritus of the Far Eastern Collection of Chinese Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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HASH(0x9ca3096c) out of 5 stars valuable overview of Chinese export porcelain 4 Jun. 2012
By Ivor E. Zetler - Published on Amazon.com
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The trade in Chinese export porcelain began in earnest in the sixteenth century with the advent of sea voyages between Europe and Asia. Initially the designs were in blue and white and intended primarily for the Asian market. These wares were mainly purchased by the wealthy and royalty. The trade expanded markedly in the seventeenth century. An example given in the introductory chapter of this book describes that "by 1636 a fleet of six ships set sail from the Dutch East India Company's Indonesian headquarters in Batavia for the Netherlands carrying 259,380 pieces of porcelain".

With the flourishing of the market in such goods, models and designs were sent from Europe and latterly from America to Chinese factories to be copied and mass produced. In the west, the porcelain was expensive and highly prized.

This large and weighty book showcases the highlights from the Peabody Essex Museum. This museum was founded in 1799 by sea captains and its collection of Chinese export ceramics is world renowned. After the informative introductory essays the bulk of the book consists of high quality color reproductions and descriptions of 287 examples of the museum's porcelain objects. These items come in a large variety of designs and decorative styles. Given the mass production of the porcelain, it is only fair to observe that the production standards were often quite rough and ready compared to the finest examples manufactured for the home market.

This excellently presented volume would serve as a valuable reference for the neophyte (like myself) or for those with a deeper knowledge and interest in this fascinating subject.
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HASH(0x9ca30bb8) out of 5 stars VERY COMPREHENSIVE 26 April 2013
By Buys Alot - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is very well illustrated with original photos. Bibliography is exhaustive. The narrative is straightforward and concise. And very well priced.
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HASH(0x9ca30b7c) out of 5 stars Breathtaking 8 Jun. 2013
By Jonathan Rickard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a breathtakingly beautiful and comprehensive survey of one of the world's great collections of Chinese ceramics--in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The book is large and thick with images that, one after another, astonish with complex artistry and surprising humor. Mr. Sargent is the highly-respected and now retired curator of this collection. In his retirement he has made it possible through this book and through his highly informative lectures for people in far-flung parts of the world to share his passion for these extraordinary pots.
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By natalie r. - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave it as a gift to a friend who was . She is a collector of Chinese ceramics and a great admirer of this author.
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