FINE & CURIOUS by Christiaan J.A. Joerg: An enduring witness to Dutch-Japanese relations is Arita export porcelain made for the Dutch market in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was instrumental in ordering and distributing a diversity of export wares. Private trade also played an important role. This results in the importation of large amounts of Japanese porcelain into The Netherlands, particularly during a period when Chinese porcelain was unavailable. These objects were assimilated into Dutch life and stimulated the interest in exotica from the Orient. While many of these exquisite pieces have been lost over time, numerous examples are still preserved in public and private collections in The Netherlands. In FINE AND CURIOUS, Dr. Joerg discusses the variety of export ware and the extraordinary pieces in those collections, manyof which are published here for the first time. This survey offers a fascinating insight into a relatively unknown aspect of Dutch-Japanese interaction and is the first book of its kind devoted to giving an overall view of a country’s collections in this field. 304pp. with 365 full-color illustrations. Contents include Shoki-Imari, Early Blue and White for the Dutch, Blue and White in Japanese style of the early export period, Celadon, The early enameled group and Kutani, Kendi, Polychrome Kakiemon and Kakiemon-related wares, Imari, Later blue and white, Tableware and other porcelain with European shapes, Tea, coffee, and chocolate wares, Export wares with European designs, Garnitures, Figures, etc. Hotei Publishing Amsterdam, c2003. This is an over-size (12” x 10” x 1”) hard bound book in excellent condition. Insured shipping at cost.