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Sung Porcelain and Stoneware

Gray, Basil

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ISBN 10: 0571130488 / ISBN 13: 9780571130481
Published by Faber and Faber, London, 1984
Condition: Fine + Hardcover
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The Sung Dynasty of China had a (early) Northern and a (later) Southern component. In total they cover the period 960 to 1279 A.D. A map on page 15 identifies the 50 known kiln sites - many through archaeology. The book looks at Yueh, Yao-chou,Ting-yao, Tz'u-chou, Kuan, Ju and Lung-ch'uan Wares from this period. Foreign trade was encouraged by the government and kiln waste evidence suggests the manufacture of huge numbers of pieces. Among the types are : vases, celadon boxes, funerary vases, kundika bottles, dishes, wine pots, bowls, covered jars and incense burners. The most curious for me were ceramic pillows !! Decorative features incl. ribbing, incising, sgraffito, crackle, paint, and oil spot. Most of the illustrations are b/w photos but approx. 25% are in exquisite colour - note (e.g.) the Chun-yao foliate dish (p. 64). The pieces represented come from three or four major collections - the Brundage, Seligman, Mrs. Alfred Clark and Eumorfopoulos - among them. Last chapter looks at Sung exports to Africa, Red Sea ara and Sumatra among others. Influences of Korea and Japan are evident throughout the volume. 205 total pages incl. INDEX, biblio and a chapter on technique. Cond : Boards are forest green with gold lettering on spine only. D.J. is also green w/ white lettering. Cover photos (colour) of Tz'u-chou mei-p'ing vase (back) and a Ju-yao bottle (front). End-papers are pale blue with a Tz'u-chou jar as graphic. D.J. is price-clipped. Minor sunfading to d.j. Minor scratches to front board. BOTH spines fine, binding tight. Corners andedges are crisp. Very minor crinkles to d.j. edge. No tears. No names, marks, creases, nor folds. Very giftable reference ! Quote (p. 162) : " These too were active under Northern Sung and used a free style of decoration in which combing was used as well as incising. The bases of these vessels are fully glazed but show signs of studs or rings on which they stood in the kiln. They are finer than the products of . .". Bookseller Inventory # 003033

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Title: Sung Porcelain and Stoneware

Publisher: Faber and Faber, London

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Colour and B/W Photographs

Book Condition:Fine +

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Sung Period in the late Thirteenth Century A.D.

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