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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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.