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JAPANESE EXPORT PORCELAIN by Oliver Impey, Catalogue of the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, c 2002: Japanese porcelain formed an important function in the decorative schemes of European palaces and country houses in the second half of the 17th century, the continuation of which is felt to this day, both in interior decoration and in the innumerable imitations and pastiches that have never been out of fashion. Japanese porcelain was imported into Europe from the very end of the 1650s until the late 1730s or early 1740s, which is the period covered by this catalogue. Porcelain had been made in Japan before that period, but only for about 40 years. However, the export-period porcelain had an importance quite out of proportion to the size and experience of the Japanese porcelain industry, centered around Arita, in comparison with the vastly greater and and more experienced Chinese porcelain area of Jingdezhen, which hitherto had been the main source of Oriental porcelain in Europe. The fall of the Ming dynasty and the accompanying civil wars in China coincided with a formative period in the Japanese porcelain industry, and Japan, previously an importer of porcelain, became an exporter, trading only with the Chinese and the Dutch during this period of self-imposed political and economic isolation. Renewed competition from Jingdezhen in the 1730s eventually drove the Japanese out of the export market. All this is discussed in this catalogue of the wide-ranging collection of Japanese porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. More than 400 pieces, among which Arita, Ko-Imari and Kakiemon porcelains are included, each illustrated and discussed, with some comparative material. 259 lavishly color-illustrated pages. This is an oversized book about 10" x 12" x 1". Insured shipping at cost.

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