Nov 20, 2009

Chinese Decorative Arts References

Because I get so many questions about later Chinese decorative arts I have prepared this short list of references to help interested persons begin to do some research on the subject themselves.

Recommended Bookseller for titles listed below:
Paragon  Book Gallery, Chicago

Some Useful Websites:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has extensive bibliographies online.

Understanding China website--features bibliographies and resources for the study of Chinese art and culture. 

Two sites for Chinese porcelains every collector should know:
Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Collector's Help and Info Page

Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the private collection of JP O'Brien, with much useful info on forgeries 

References and Suggested Readings for Chinese Decorative Arts:
Arts of Asia. Hong Kong: Arts of Asia Publications, bimonthly journal.

Ayers, John. Chinese Ceramics: the Baur Collections (4 vols.). Genève, Collections Baur,1972-1974.

Brown, Claudia and Donald Rabiner. The Robert H. Clague Collection: Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911. Phoenix: Phoenix Art Museum, 1987.

Brown, Claudia and Donald Rabiner. Clear as Crystal, Red as Flame: Later Chinese Glass. New York: China House Gallery, 1990.

Chinese University of Hong Kong, ed. Elegance and Radiance: Grandeur in Qing Glass. Hong Kong, 2000.

Clunas, Craig. Art in China. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Clunas, Craig. Chinese Carving. London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1996.

Clunas, Craig, ed. Chinese Export Art and Design. London, Victoria &Albert Museum, l987.

Eberhard, Wolfram. A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986.

He, Li. Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. New York: Rizzoli, 1996.

Hutt, Julia. Understanding Far Eastern Art: A Complete Guide to the Arts of China, Japan and Korea: Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Prints, Lacquer, Textiles and Metalwork. Oxford: Phaidon, 1987 (especially useful for non-specialists)

Kerr, Rose, ed. Chinese Art and Design - the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art. London, Victoria &Albert Museum, 1991.

Kerr, Rose. Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty. London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986.

Orientations. Hong Kong: Pacific Communications, monthly journal.

Rawson, Jessica, ed. The British Museum Book of Chinese Art. London, British Museum Press, 1992.

Rawson, Jessica. Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing. London, 1995.

Wilson, Ming. Chinese Jades. London: Victoria and Albert Museum Publications, 2004.