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Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo: Japanese Porcelain and Its Impact in Europe; The MacDonald Collection

Gardiner Museum Of Ceramic Art

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ISBN 10: 155365434X / ISBN 13: 9781553654346
Published by Douglas & McIntyre, 2009
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Title: Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo: Japanese ...

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Since the early seventeenth century when the secret of porcelain was first carried from China to Japan by Korean potters, Japan has produced some of the world’s most exquisite porcelains. The Kakiemon masters in Arita on the island of Kyushu gained particular renown for the quality of their colourful overglaze enamels and artistic designs. Through exports Kakiemon ware had a profound impact on the development of European porcelain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, inspiring ceramic manufacturers in both continental Europe and England to reach new levels of technical and artistic achievement.

Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo highlights 170 masterpieces from the Bill and Molly Anne Macdonald Collection at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, Canada. This extraordinary collection illustrates many different aspects of the historical interaction between Japanese and European porcelain during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is unquestionably the best cross-cultural porcelain collection in Canada and is among the best of its kind in the world.

Illustrated with more than 160 full-colour photographs commissioned for this volume, Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo for the first time makes the Macdonald Collection accessible to an international audience.

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Oliver Impey (1936-2005) was curator of Eastern art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, until 2002. Author or contributor to more than thirty books, including Porcelain for Palaces and The Early Porcelain Kilns of Japan, Impey advised the Macdonalds on the formation of their collection.

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