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Chinese Ceramics in Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul: A Complete Catalogue. Vol. I, Yuan and Ming Dynasty Celadon and Wares
Sotheby's Publications, 1986, Decorative Boards, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First Edition. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall, This is Volume I only of a three-volume work. Copy no. 70 of a limited edition of 1,500 copies. Technically ex library but with very few of the usual ex library markings: from the library of the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum. Primary text in English, with ancillary text in Turkish. Printed in England and Japan, bound in Scotland. Handsome oxford blue buckram binding, the front board with a crisp design of a ceramic vase in green, blue and gilt within a gilt rule frame, and with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. 14.5 x 10.25 inches. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. 376 numbered pages, with 34 stunning color plates, many full-page, and hundreds of monochrome plates, all on heavy-weight semi-glossy stock. Neat ex libris label of the McNay Museum to the front pastedown. Tiny stamp "ASIA" in green ink to the top left corner of the first page of the contents section. Else we can find no other markings to the book, inside or out. An immensely clean copy, and quite tight. Almost certainly unread. The pictorial dust jacket with white lettering on a dark blue background and with a color photo of a celadon piece to the front of the DJ. Near the tail of the DJ spine a white library call label pasted on and also a small red dot above the label, the dot and the top of the call label with a horizontal piece of clear tape laid over. Else a lovely DJ. Housed in a heavy-duty cardboard slipcase covered in oxford blue buckram. The slipcase spine with a white library call label pasted on, else an exceptionally clean slipcase and quite sturdy. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ in a Near Fine slipcase. This first volume is introduced by a series of essays surveying the background to the Topkapi Saray Museum collection and various aspects of the ceramics themselves. One essay throws new light on how porcelains both entered and left the palace, in what quantities and at what dates. Another essay examines the nature of Ottoman taste in this field, showing how porcelain was regarded at the court, and for what purposes and on what occasions it was used. Further important articles examine in detail the use of Chinese and Arabic marks on the porcelains. A full working bibliography, a concordance and a thorough index also appear in Vol. I. This is followed by a section of color plates and then an illustrated inventory of the celadon wares, ranging from the 13th to the 15th centuries and including Jingdezhen porcelain and Southeast Asian celadons, Limited Edition
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