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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #679164 (stock #B 090)
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Dees, Jan, van der Star, Renee, Uzawa Shogetsu, Collections Baur, Special Issue no. 42. Collections Baur, Geneva, Switzerland, 1986.
20 pp., 24 x 17 cm. Paper. French text. 9 b/w plates.
Perfect condition.

Designs produced by the Japanese lacquer Master Uzawa Shogetsu seem to grow out of smooth surfaces of the perfectly finished lacquer boxes and other items he produced. Shogetsu’s (probably 1877 - ?) specialty were subtly shaded lacquer (maki-e) decorations, painted in meticulous details.
With 26 items, the majority of works of this little known master is found today in the Collections Baur. Some of the objects were especially made to order for the collector Alfred Baur (1866 - 1951), who bought as many of Shogetsu’s objects as were available. As a consequence of Baur’s passion for this artist’s work, Shogetsu is comparatively unknown in Japan today.
Various Tables, Glossary, and Notes.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 2000 item #679155 (stock #B 089)
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Ducros Alain, Briot Alain, Paris Edo, netsuke & sagemono – convention 1994, Catalogue, 1994.
160 pp., 29 x 21 cm. Paper. French / English text Alain Ducros. Japanese summary and list of netsuke, 7 pages, Alain Briot. Numerous colour plates.
Outside cover slightly worn, otherwise perfect condition.

The catalogue is filled with illustrations of approximately 200 netsuke, 50 inro, various pipe cases, tobacco pouches, kiseruzutsu pipe holders, and other items worn hanging from the belt. Also provided are reproductions of pages from design bases, such as the Soken Kisho (1781), and other woodblock-printed books. Enlarged details and signatures are shown separately.
With a preface (French language only) by Guy de Lasteyrie, and introduction by Alain Ducros.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1990 item #678461 (stock #B 087)
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Lee King Tsi, Hu Shih Chang, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquerware, The Lee Family Collection, Tokyo. Drache und Phoenix, Lackarbeiten aus China, Sammlung der Familie Lee, Tokyo. Exhibition Catalogue, 1990. Exhibition in the Museum of East Asian Art, City of Cologne, Germany, 24 march – 24 June 1990.
230 pp., 28 x 22 cm. Hardboard. English / German language. 16 colour plates, 154 b/w illustrations.
Outside cover very slightly rubbed, otherwise perfect condition.

The 99 lacquer objects, selected by Mr. Lee for this exhibition, are shown and discussed in the bilingual catalogue. The Lee Collection is famous for its quality and choice of materials. The entire text, including the description of each object, written in English by Mr. Lee himself, were translated into German by Heinz and Else Kress.
With an introduction and acknowledgments by Lee King Tsi, Hu Shih Chang (pp. 7 – 13). Preface by Roger Goepper, director of the exhibiting museum. Notes and bibliography to the introduction, pp. 14 -15.
Table of Chinese dynasties and periods, p. 16. Colour plates, pp. 17 – 32.
Black and white illustrations and descriptions, pp. 33 – 225.
Glossary of Chinese names and texts, pp. 226 – 227.
Selected Bibliography, pp. 228 –229.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #678454 (stock #B 086)
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Ledderose, Lothar (ed.), lm Schatten hoher Baeume. Malerei der Ming- und Qing Dynastien aus der Volksrepublik China - (Literati Paintings of the Ming- and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) from the collections of the Museum of the Province Liaoning, Shenyang, China. Exhibition Catalogue, 1985, in 3 German museums: Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Museum fuer Ostasiatische Kunst, Koeln, Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 13 Jan. – 4 Aug. Baden-Baden, Germany, 1985.
250 pp., 27.5 x 23 cm. Paper. German language. 23 colour plates, 152 b/w illustrations.
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Almost all the 80 paintings illustrated and discussed in this catalogue, entitled ‘Im Schatten hoher Baeume’ (In the shadow of old trees), are shown here for the first time outside China. Many of them have never been published before. They all are from the collection of the Museum Province Liaoning, Shenyang, which is internationally known for the quantity as well as the high artistic level of its collection.
Although the exhibition focuses on Literati paintings, from the 15th century onwards, examples of various styles and subject groups were selected. The exhibition was planned in cooperation of Chinese and German experts, among them Prof. Lothar Ledderose, Art-Historical Institute, University of Heidelberg, Nora von Achenbach, Herbert Butz, Gerald Holzwarth, Burglind Jungmann, and others.
Introduction by Roger Goepper, Axel von Saldern, Katharina Schmidt, for the exhibiting museums, and Lothar Ledderose for the exhibition.
Table of contents, p. 9. An essay by Lothar Ledderose, Die Malerei der Literaten (On Literati Paintings), pp. 10 – 21. Historical map of China, era names of the Ming and Qing dynasties, pp. 22 – 23.
Colour plates, pp. 25 – 48. List of painters, with reference to the catalogue numbers, p. 49. Exhibition objects, pp. 50 – 239.
Index of Chinese names and descriptions, pp. 240 – 245. Bibliography, pp. 246 – 248.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #678370 (stock #B 085)
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Muneshige Narazaki, Hokusai, Masterworks of Ukiyo-e, The 36 Views of Mt Fuji, Kodansha International Ltd. Tokyo, New York, S.F. 1982.
96 pp., 26 x 19 cm. Paper. English text. 57 colour plates.
Perfect condition, one ex libris ‘Rolf M. Degener’.

Well-known, but always fresh and astonishing are the ways Mt. Fuji is presented by Hokusai. Whether dominating the entire print or being just visible at the horizon above human activities, depicted in cool, clean colours and dramatic angles – this series must be considered as a masterpiece. On a map of Japan the locations of the views of Mt. Fuji is superimposed with the plate numbers in this book. On a Map of Edo from 1805 are printed the plate numbers of the remaining views. This is an eminently readable and enjoyable book.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1970 item #678240 (stock #B 084)
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Speiser, Werner, Lackkunst in Ostasien Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Herbol-Werke–Herbig-Haarhaus AG, Koeln.
Holle Verlag, Baden-Baden, Germany, 1965, 375 pp., 25.5 x 21 cm. Cloth. German language. 37 colour plates, 256 b/w illustrations.
Dust cover faded and slightly worn at spine, slight foxing at page edges, otherwise perfect condition.

Lackkunst in Ostasien (East-Asian Lacquer Art) is one of the first overviews written in German language on the subject of lacquer. The book begins chronologically with illustrations of more than 2000 years old Chinese lacquer objects, continuing to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean lacquer boxes and screens of later epochs. Samples are shown of all kinds of techniques and styles, including lacquer paintings by Shibata Zeshin. The majority of objects shown here were owned by two rivalling industrial-lacquer producing companies: the Herberts and the Herbig-Haarhaus companies, in Wuppertal and Cologne, Germany. Owner and director of both companies were interested in lacquer art and began in 1937 to exhibit family treasures. Later they systematically bought lacquer objects at auctions and exhibitions. During the 2nd World War a large part of the Herberts collection, especially lacquered furniture, was destroyed. However, smaller items of Chinese and Japanese lacquer art, being easier to transport, and perhaps more precious, were stored in rural places and survived. Beatrix von Rague was responsible for the collection of one company during the years 1952-1959. Edith Straesser was responsible for the other company-owned lacquer museum from 1967 until 1987.
In 1982 the lacquer collections of Dr. Kurt Herberts were acquired by the BASF Lacke + Farben AG, who now exhibit them in their Museum of Lacquer Art in Muenster, Germany.
Appendix: Zeittafel (Table of Chinese dynasties, reigns of Japanese emperors, Korean eras, from 1600 B.C. to 1925 A.D.), pp. 356-359. Bibliography, pp. 360-364. Index, pp. 365-374, Museums and collections presented, p. 375. Table of contents, p. 376.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #678062 (stock #B 081)
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Sumitani Koichiro, Lacquer of Sanuki – the roots of the craft empire, Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2005.
395 pp., 26 x 18.5 cm. Paper. Japanese text, English captions. 200 ills., 156 colour plates.
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A lavishly illustrated overview of a variety of Japanese lacquer objects produced on the island of Shikoku, Kagawa prefecture. Colour illustrations present brilliantly carved lacquer objects decorated in the striking black and red sanuki technique, other objects and screens are decorated in the kinma technique, imported from Burma (today Myanmar) in the 17th century. Shown are also colourful incised zonsei lacquers. Many reading helps (furigana) for names, techniques, etc., found throughout the text.
Pages 16 – 84 focus on Tamakaji Zôkoku (1807 - 69), a brilliant master of carved lacquer, kinma-lacquers, and colourful zonsei-nuri. This is followed by examples of work and short biographies of various Kagawa Lacquer masters of the 20th century (see list below).
Pages 32-35 and 148- 157 deal with the well known Yamanaka lacquer shop in Osaka, the base of Yamanaka & Co., in New York (founded 1894), and its Boston branch (1899).

Illustrations of works by such craftsmen as (in alphabetical order): Akashi Bokkei, works dated from 1947 to1990, Bunkidô Kokusai, brother of Tamakaji Zôkoku, Bunkidô Ransai (kinma, zonsai), Gotô Tahei, 1913, Ishii Keidô (Sakamoto Sessai), 1926 – 1933, Isoi Joshin, kinma, carved lacquer,1922, 1933, 1946, 1959, Isoi Masami, 1964, 1974, 1988, 1994, Kagawa Sôseki, 1946, 1955, Kamada Kadô, 1941 - 1945, Kitahara Senroku, 1927, 1934, Kubota Tsune, 1982, Manago Jitsuya, 1967, Mori Zôdô, 1931, Takahashi Kanzan, 1920, Takagi Yoshitsugu, 1922, Sasa Chikusen, 1951, Tamakaji Zôkoku, works dated from 1839 to 1854, Tamakaji Tôsha, works dated from 1881 to 1895, Tanizawa Fujimatsu, 1933 – 1941, Ônishi Tadao, 1955 – 1963, Ôshima Tadashi, 1957, Ôta Hitoshi, 1983 – 1998, Otomaru Kôdô, 1924, 1929, 1934, 1975.

Appendix:
Bibliography, focusing on Tamakaji Zôkoku and his workshop. Citations from magazines (Shikkokai zasshi, etc.), readings of inscriptions on works and storage boxes, transciptions of notes by Tamakaji Zôkoku, pp. 326-355. (Zôkoku) Setsudô, pp. 355-359, Hyakku-kaen, Miki Hachigorô, pp. 360-361, Mori Zôdô, pp. 361-362, Kagawa-ken kôgei gakku (Kagawa pref. Handicraft school), Kagawa-ken bijutsu tenrankai (Kagawa pref. Fine Arts Exh. Assoc.), pp. 362-363, Isoi Joshin, pp. 363-365, Otomaru Kôdô, pp. 365-368, Akashi Bokkei, pp. 368-369, Ônishi Tadao, pp. 369-370, Kagawa Sôseki, p. 370, Isoi Masami, p. 370, Ôta Hitoshi, pp. 370-371, Tamakaji Zôkoku, abbreviated genealogies, pp. 371-372, Tamakaji Zôkoku, genealogy, p. 371. Conclusion, pp. 375-379.
Bilingual list of plates with measurements and relevant information, pp. 382-290. Index, in Japanese with furigana.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #678054 (stock #B 080)
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Dunand, Frank, ed., Alfred Baur, Pionnier et Collectionneur – Pioneer and Collector. Collections Baur, publ., 1989.
82 pp., 22 x 19 cm. Paper. 14 colour plates, 6 b/w plates. Bilingual, French / English.
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Alfred Baur (1866 - 1951) was highly successful, both as a Swiss businessman in Ceylon, and as a collector of Japanese lacquer and Chinese ceramics. In a letter to his long-term supplier of Japanese lacquers he stated that …‘Although I have been successful in business, I am prouder still of my collection of Chinese and Japanese Art’.
On occasion of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Collections Baur Museum in Geneva, Pierre-Francis Schneeberger, formerly Keeper of the Baur Collection, describes the person behind the collections. We learn that at the end of the 19th century Alfred Baur went to Ceylon where he amassed a fortune by selling natural manure especially adapted to the fertilizing of coconut plantations. In connection with his business he built a private railway, the first on the island, and established various companies before returning to Switzerland after 22 years in Ceylon. His remaining years were divided between the management of his companies and the planning of his purchases and their display in suitable surroundings. The museum’s archives contain a large proportion of Baur’s correspondence with dealers and collectors, establishing the development of his interests in Far Eastern Art. Alfred Baur left his fortune in a Foundation for the Housing and Administration of his Collection; which also takes care of the publishing of well-researched and richly illustrated collection catalogues.

With 6 black/white plates and 14 colour plates, showing examples from Baur’s collection of sword fittings, netsuke, woodblock prints, Japanese porcelain, Chinese ceramics, Jade, and Snuff bottles.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #676509 (stock #B 064)
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Whang Ji Hyun, Huh Dong Hwa, Cha Su, Die Kunst der koreanischen Stickerei, Sammlung Huh Dong Hwa, Museum für Koreanische Stickerei (Museum of Korean Embroidery, Seoul). With foreword by Roger Goepper. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Koeln, 1987.
136 pp., 39 colour ills., 86 b/w ills. 27.5 x 22 cm. Paper. German text.
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The catalogue presents Korean embroidered objects from a private Korean collection. Shown are Buddhist banners, sutra covers and wrappers (kesa), as well as screens, badges of rank (hyungbae) and smaller items such as women’s accessories, various kinds of pouches, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The collector, Mr. Huh Dong Hwa describes the changing styles and materials seen in Korean embroidery over the centuries, as well as the materials and techniques used, and he gives hints concerning handling and care of old embroideries.
Including: Bibliography, Embroidery techniques, Glossary with translation of Korean characters, art-historical and technical terms.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 2000 item #664569 (stock #10468)
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Eijer, Dieuwke, Kagamibuta, Mirrors of Japanese Life and Legend, The Baur Collection / Heinz Kaempfer Fund (Geneva / Leiden), 1994. 95 pages, numerous b/w and color illustrations. Extensive description of the history, materials, techniques of kagamibuta, its subject matter and kagamibuta makers, richly illustrated with excellent photos of pieces from the Baur Collection and from private collections. The appendix contains a list of kagamibuta makers with their signatures and biographic information.
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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #387165 (stock #B 079)
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Shogun, Kunstschätze und Lebensstil eines japanischen Fürsten der Shogun-Zeit [Shogun, The Shogun Age Exhibition] Exhibition at the Haus der Kunst, München, 1985. Objects from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya with essays by Roger Goepper, Shinzaburô Ôishi, Yoshinobu Tokugawa. Tokyo, The Shogun Age Exhibition Committee, Tokyo, 1984. 292 pp., fully illustrated, 273 objects, esp. sets of objects. 28 x 21 cm. Paper. German text. Almost perfect condition.
Excellent exhibition catalogue, showing weapons, tea ceremony utensils, textiles, and other items used by the Tokugawa shoguns during the years 1603 to 1867, as well as musical instruments and utensils used by their wives and daughters. This exhibition was also shown in the USA and France.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1900 item #387159 (stock #B 078)
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Book on Japanese art:
Tsuda – Manuskript, [Über die Lackkunst Japans, 1908, Tsuda Noritake, Tokyo, in der Karl Mannstaedt – Übersetzung.] A translation into the German language of a manuscript on the History of Japanese Lacquer by Tsuda Noritake, dated 1908.
The manuscript, written by Tsuda in the English language, is inscribed with kanji for Japanese names and technical terms. With b/w line drawings of tools and utensils, and reproduction of objects from Japanese lacquer books and magazines. 11 5/8 x 8 9/16 in. (30 x 22 cm). Silkcloth, 2 vols. German text. Beautifully bound, perfect condition.
Vol. 1., 289 pp.
Part I. Introduction by Karl Mannstaedt, undated, ca. 1939, (pp.1-4), Table of contents (pp. 5-12), Introduction by Tsuda (pp. 13-14), History of Japanese Lacquer Art from the Nara period (pp.1-83), to the Tokugawa (Edo) period (pp. 84-257).
Inserted between pp. 83 and 84 are 32 pages of drawings copied from the “Tankaku-zufu”, based on the “Ruiju-zôyô-shô” with descriptions in the English language.
Vol. 2., 302 pp.
Part II. Biographies of Lacquer Artisans (pp. 1-92), Part III. Descriptions of Tools and Materials used for the production of Lacquer objects (pp.1-98).
Inserted between pp. 19 and 20 of Part III. are 30 pages of line drawings of lacquerers’ tools and utensils with descriptions in the English language.
Part IV. Table of Contents, History of Lacquer (pp. 1-112).
Inscribed on the title page: TSUDA - MANUSCRIPT, In der Mannstaedt Übersetzung. Englisches Original aus dem Jahre 1908. Im Auftrag von Heinz Kress übertragen nach einer maschinengeschriebenen Kopie der deutschen Übersetzung im Jahre 1986. [Tsuda Manuscript, translated by Mannstaedt. After an English original from 1908. Transcribed from a type-written copy of the German translation in 1986 on behalf of Heinz Kress.] Karl Mannstaedt (dates unknown), who was employed before the II. World War by the German collector Dr. Kurt Herberts, made a type-written translation into German from a hand written English original. The various styles of writing in the manuscript indicate that it was dictated by Tsuda to a number of scribes. In the type-written translation the kanji for most technical terms and names were transcribed from the English original. A total of three hand written copies of the Tsuda Manuscript are known to exist today, but each contains minor variations of the text:
- One Tsuda Manuscript is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.
- Another one is owned by the University of Bonn, Germany, Japanologisches Seminar.
- The third hand written copy in the English language, as well as Mannstaedt’s typed translation into the German language, are in the collection of Heinz and Else Kress, Finland. (see: inrô-shita-e, Design Drawings from a Japanese Lacquer Workshop, Select Bibliography, p. 353).

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1990 item #384154 (stock #B 075)
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Macintyre, Michael, The Shogun Inheritance, Japan and the Legacy of the Samurai. Based on the BBC TV Series, London, William Collins & Sons Co., BBC, 1981. 216 pp., 167 color ills. 28.5 x 25 cm. Hardboard, dust jacket. Cover slightly rubbed, otherwise good condition.
This book is the result of a BBC film producer’s interest in modern Japan’s industrial culture, with glimpses of old Japan, its martial arts, the theater, and its geisha culture. Michael Macintyre’s photographs present a Japan of contrasts: Modern companies arrange for their young female workers to take lessons in flower arrangement. Formally dressed apprentice geisha (maiko) are shown in a bowling alley: in Kyoto’s narrow streets the huge floats of the 1000 year-old Gion festival have to navigate carefully around dangerously close traffic lights and the electric-power cables and phone-wires, present everywhere in Japan’s streets. Tattooed Yakuza in a white-tiled bath, school-children on their way to temple, thousands of bicycles parked in Kyoto, fields, shops, and theaters, all possible aspects of Japanese life are shown. Appendix: References (p. 214), Historical table (pp. 214-215), and Glossary (pp. 215-216), Acknowledgements (p. 215).

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #372935 (stock #10257)
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Fu, Marilyn and Wen Fong, The Wilderness Colors of Tao-chi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1973, cloth, slipcase, 13 5/8 x 10 1/16 in. (35 x 25.8 cm). 5 pp. of introduction, 24 pp. with commentaries and translations to 12 paintings by Tao-chi, with a full page color illustration to each painting, 1 p. notes. The paintings originate from the album “Wilderness colors” which is in the Arthur M. Sackler Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Slipcase slightly rubbed at corners and edges, otherwise case and book in fine condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #372931 (stock #10256)
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Cohn, William, Chinese Painting, Hacker Art Books, New York 1978, reprint of first edition (1947), 111 pp. text, bibliography and index, 224 pp. b/w illustrations, followed by List of Plates and Index of Collections, 12 3/8 x 9 ¼ in. (31.9 x 24 cm), cloth (dragon picture).
Traces of usage: cover somewhat soiled and rubbed at edges, dent at spine and corner.
History and development of painting in China through the dynasties. Standard work on Chinese painting.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #372653 (stock #10253)
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Schloss, Ezekiel, Ancient Chinese Ceramic Sculpture, from Han through T’ang, 2 vols., Castle Publishing Co,. Ltd., Stamford, CT 1977. First edition. Vol. I: hard cover, linen, 13 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (35 x 25.9 cm), xviii, 259 pp. with maps and numerous b/w illustrations. Introduction to and intense study of the history, styles, techniques of tomb figures from the Han through T’ang dynasties. Pp. 171-173 browned by newspaper clipping, some traces of usages at spine, very good condition. Vol.II: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ezekiel Schloss. Includes 12 color plates 148 plus 13 b/w plates, unbound in blue linen portfolio. Portfolio on the outside somewhat sun bleached at spine, some paint stains at back, plates in very good condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 2000 item #372651 (stock #10252)
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White, Helen, Snuff Bottles from China. The Victoria and Albert Collection, Bamboo Publishing Ltd. in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1990. First edition. Hardcover (green fine linen), 14 ½ x 10 ¼ in. (37 x 26.4 cm), 291pp. with numerous color illustrations, green linen slipcover.
Well written introduction to the history of tobacco and the use of snuff bottles, followed by a description of the collection snuff bottles, organized according to material (hardstones, glass, porcelain, metal and organic). At the end there is a concordance list and a bibliography.
No dust jacket, some paint stains on bottom of slipcase, otherwise in fine condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1990 item #372293 (stock #10251)
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Fong, Wen C., Images of the Mind. Selections from the Edward L. Elliott Family and John B. Elliott Collections of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting at The Art Museum, Princeton University, 2nd ed., The Art Museum, Princeton University, 1987. 12 ¾ x 10 13/16 in. (32.7 x 27.9 cm), 505pp. with numerous black and white ills. and approx. 20 color ills. Soft cover. (ISBN 0-943012-04-X)
Extensive introduction on the history of painting in China and development of styles by Wen C. Fong, further contributions by Alfreda Murck and Shou-chien Shih and description and study of seventy paintings from the Elliott collections by Pao-Chen Ch’en and Jan Stuart. At the end a Selcted Bibliography and Index of Chinese Names.
Minor traces of usage at the cover (slightly dented corners and some superficial scratches), otherwise very good condition.