As of 2014 this is my favorite book on satsuma, it does a wonderful job of showing you both extraordinary quality but also pieces you might see at auction regularly. The willingness to show objects of many qualities makes this book valuable to the average collector. Also included is a wonderful index of signatures. A resource sorely needed. The last feature of this book which I am fond of is the way in which Mr. Lawrence approaches Satsuma as a story and engages in the narrative of the decoration of the pieces selected. This interest brings us closer both to Japanese culture but also the fascinated westerners who ordered this porcelain, hungary for its craftsmanship and cultural novelty.

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An early classic by one of the best English ceramics scholars. Published in 1925 the color plates were an incredible cost and made this book very rare for the period. With the rise of the Chinese art market this book has become increasingly valuable.

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This introduction to Guangxu and republic porcelain is filled with the hands on observations of Mr. Allen. One of my favorite features is all the images of porcelains side by side with their copies. If you love foot rims and their features, this is a book which puts great emphasis.
This book has also made waves for Mr. Allen’s unvarnished opinions about current misinformation and the trade in general. All in all an excellent book and one that could only be written by a one is who is neither a dealer or museum professional.
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Chinese Porcelain of the Republic Period is hands down one of the best books on masterworks of the early 20th century. The items are superbly photographed, each item is cataloged with a translation of the inscription, mark and images. The introduction in both Mandarin in English offers an excellent view of the the incredible artists working at this time. There is also an interesting discussion of marks on porcelain. The books large format and high quality of printing set it apart, for once you can see not only the general style of painting but also the way the underglaze blue and overglaze enamels fire and bleed into the porcelain body.

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One of the best early illustrated books on Li Lung-Mien, extremely rare and well illustrated this book is an excellent addition to those seeking insight into the nature of western scholarship of Chinese art in the early 20th century. A time when as much was inferred about Chinese art as was actually understood in the west.
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An excellent book which surveys a wide spectrum of asian Lacquer, it doesn’t go deeply into the any one period or area but the breadth of the survey makes it a valuable jumping off point. Most pages have large color images which is what makes this hefty book an excellent starting place when you are not sure what you have on your hands. Once one is sure of the age and origin of the object, other books will be required.

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The Rijksmuseum is one of the best Museums the world for chinese ceramics from the 17th and 18th century. This book does an excellent job of cataloging many of the noteworthy pieces, particularly within the areas of blue and white, famille verte. Many color images, detailed descriptions and excellent porcelain.
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This book is an excellent addition to the library any collector, dealer or scholar. To date, it is hands down the best reference available on this type of Chinese enamel. The books starts with a well written introduction and discussion of the mechanics of making cloisonne, followed by a very good study of dating and the value of various marked pieces in establishing some criteria. The second half of the book is an extensive and well photographed collection of Chinese cloisonne, many pieces have multiple pictures of the bottom, inside, and marks.

Chapman’s book is a gem. It provides and comprehensive look into the history of Chinese Rhinoceros horn carving and the evolution of their understanding. Profusely illustrated with color images of carving it is an excellent addition to any collector of Chinese Art. ┬áIf only more book handled their subject so well.
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Hands down one of the best books on Chinese amber carving available. The book is very small at only 72 pages and 9″ by 6″ inches, but it is practically all images of very rare Chinese amber carvings. Pages 21-32 are color images, but the rest is black and white. Of great interest is page 32 where there is an image of an early amber carving under a black light, great image for reference and rarely seen. Also a great 14 page intro to the book which is one of the best discussions of Chinese I have seen to date. Those with an interest in Chinese amber carving should buy this book.
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