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A Millennium of Monochromes: From the Great Tang to the High Qing. The Baur and the Zhuyuetang Collections

From the Great Tang to the High Qing. The Baur and the Zhuyuetang Collections

By (author) Peter Y.K. Lam
By (author) Monique Crick
By (author) Laure Schwartz-Arenales


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  • A key reference book on Chinese monochrome ceramics
  • Two hundred masterpieces brought together for the first time
Full Description

More than any other civilisation, China is renowned for its long tradition of ceramic production, from its terracotta and stoneware works in ancient times to the imperial porcelain manufactured at Jingdezhen from the end of the fourteenth century. These works have been admired and collected over centuries for their outstanding quality and refinement. Now two hundred masterpieces from prominent private collections around the world have been brought together for the first time in a new book. The Baur Collections in Geneva, formed between 1928 and 1951, and the Zhuyuetang Collection (the Bamboo and Moon Pavilion in Hong Kong), which has been building since the late 1980s, reveal the elegance and variety of imperial monochrome porcelain wares produced during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, which followed on from the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) periods. These restrained pieces - both profane and sacred - exemplify the values of simplicity and modesty espoused by classical Chinese texts. With chapters devoted to the historical, cultural and technical contexts in which these pieces were made, this book will be a key reference on Chinese monochrome ceramics for all lovers of the subject, as well as students, researchers and connoisseurs.

Text in English and French with Chinese summaries.

About the Author

Laure Schwartz-Arenales began her career at the Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet and at the Ecole du Louvre. The recipient in 1998 of a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education, she studied Buddhist painting at Tohoku University and the National Museum of Kyoto. Her thesis on the Otoku nehan zu won her the prestigious prize awarded by the Kajima Foundation for the Arts in 2007. While pursuing her research in Far Eastern art and teaching at Ochanomizu University and Sophia University in Japan, she organised several international conferences and taught and published on the history Far Eastern arts in a European contexts. Since the start of 2018 she has been director of the Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Arts in Geneva. Monique Crick is an independent researcher and art historian specialising in the arts of the Far East. After having worked for the Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet and the Musee Cernuschi in Paris, where in 1998 she founded the Societe Francaise d'Etudes de la Ceramique Orientale, she was appointed director of the Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Arts in 2003, where she remained until 2017. She has also worked on several underwater archaeological excavations in South-East Asia. Her studies have principally concerned the cultural and commercial relations between China and South-East Asia, between China and India, and between China and Europe. She is the author of many articles and catalogues and has acted as the scientific curator for various exhibitions in Europe and Asia. Peter Y.K. Lam is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before retiring in 2013, he worked for forty years at the Art Museum at the University of Hong Kong, where he served as Director for fourteen years. An expert in Chinese ceramics, calligraphy, and decorative arts, he has curated many exhibitions and published several books on these subjects. He is a member of the committee of the Palace Museum in East Kowloon, Hong Kong, of the Hong Kong Min Chiu Society, an association of leading collectors, and of the Chinese Society of Ancient Ceramics in Beijing. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Beijing Palace Museum.

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5 Continents Editions
1st Jan 2019
World excluding Italy, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and France
270 mm x 210 mm
400 Pages
240 color
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