This 500-page double-column book is a major and timely new resource for the provenance of Chinese ceramics in Britain and America. It contains 1,064 biographies of collectors, dealers and scholars from Queen Mary II (1662-1694), many up to two pages long, few without more than half a dozen lines. It also has a 40-page introduction which is the fullest account to date tracing ceramic contacts in context between China and Britain and America from the sixteenth- to the twenty-first-century, with sections on fakes, the psychology of collecting, a long dissertation on Export v. Domestic wares, and facts about China essential to an understanding of Chinese ceramics. At the end of the book there are a number of appendices, including collectors' labels, details of auction sales with pieces from the Summer Palace and a list of sales in America 1869-1942. There is no similar book containing so much information on this subject, a very great deal of it not available anywhere else or in so accessible a form. The book has been compiled from a wide range of sources including biographical dictionaries, newspapers (the complete Times and New York Times), the internet, nineteenth- to twenty-first-century monographs, accounts, critical works and biographies, searches of complete runs of Sotheby's and Christie's catalogues for sales in Britain and America from their inception to the present day, and learned journals such as The Burlington Magazine, Orientations, Arts of Asia, and the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society. Additionally, dealers', exhibition, collectors' and museum catalogues have been combed. The book also includes unique and extensive information from the archive of Bluett's, one of the main English dealers in Chinese ceramics of the twentieth century. There are some 150-200 illustrations, all from Bluett's archive, mostly not found in other books. The binding will be double-sewn and glued for strength.
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