Antique Ceramics
The Marshall Collection of Worcester Porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum
The Marshall Collection of Worcester Porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910807052

-This is the first complete catalogue of the Marshall Collection of Worcester Porcelain to ever be published This catalogue describes what is probably the most encyclopedic collection of early colored Worcester porcelain in existence. Henry Marshall assembled the collection between the two World Wars. In the years that followed, he sought to represent as comprehensive a range of patterns as possible, with minimal duplication, so that his collection would become a true reference work in itself. Every piece was acquired for specific purpose, many of them either to further his knowledge or because they were so rare. He was one of a small group of ceramic collectors who sought to document sources and influences, creating comprehensive hypotheses for the objects' histories. In this case specifically, Marshall's records reveal the Far Eastern influence on Worcester porcelain, alongside the many other prototypes used by decorators of these fine ceramics. This catalogue, like the collection itself, seeks to present early Worcester porcelain to collectors and a wider public in a systematic way. It describes, classifies, and reproduces every item in the Marshall Collection. It does not seek to present detailed new research, but to record the state of knowledge about the subject at the time of writing.

Newcomb Pottery: A Visual Treasury
Newcomb Pottery
A Visual Treasury
Paperback      ISBN: 1589806220

A stunning pictorial history of an enduring New Orleans legacy. Decorated with Louisiana irises and Southern pines, the crafts created by the ladies of Newcomb College during the early 20th century represent some of New Orleans' most iconic and distinctive art. Exhibited in more than 150 photographs, these pieces demonstrate the craftsmanship that established the Newcomb movement as one of critical artistic importance.

Pottery of the Southwest: Ancient Art and Modern Traditions
Pottery of the Southwest
Ancient Art and Modern Traditions
Paperback      ISBN: 0747810435

For almost two thousand years, the pottery made by the Indians of America's Southwest has remained a vital art. Today, more than twenty Pueblos and tribes make pottery within the tradition, each with a distinctive style. Many of those local styles have persisted for hundreds of years. In prehistory, beautiful pieces had high trade value, and the finest contemporary pieces command prices appropriate to fine art of any type. Potters like Nampeyo, Maria Martinez and Juan Quezada achieved worldwide fame. Yet despite its history and the skill of its artists, Southwestern Indian pottery remains surprisingly easy to collect. This book introduces the art from its beginnings to the present and displays examples that describe how America's first important art form grew into one of the world's most accessible treasures.

Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty
Power and Glory
Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty
by Li, He
Paperback      ISBN: 0939117436

The last native Chinese imperial lineage, the Ming dynasty epitomizes the glories of China's past. Ming means bright, and the term could not be more appropriate, since artwork in many mediums--among them painting, textiles, ceramics, and objects in jades and other stones, gold and other metals, enamel, lacquer, wood, and bamboo--achieved true brilliance during this splendid period. Roughly contemporaneous with the European Renaissance, the Ming dynasty produced comparable artistic achievements, but its depth and diversity have been too seldom explored.

This Chinese art book, cataloguing the groundbreaking exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, offers a fresh look at the court arts of the Ming dynasty--featuring exceptional objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing; the Nanjing Municipal Museum; the Shanghai Museum; and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco--many of which have never before been exhibited in the U.S. Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty is an essential reference for anyone who wishes to comprehend the historical development and enduring richness of Chinese court arts of the era.
Rorstrand Porcelain: Inside the Imperial Congress
Rorstrand Porcelain
Inside the Imperial Congress
Hardcover      ISBN: 1558598448

The artists of the influential Rorstrand porcelain factory in Sweden created some of the most beautiful decorative objects of the Art Nouveau style. In his fascinating and authoritative text, Bengt Nystrom focuses on the Rorstrand factory's designers and their revolutionary forms during the period 1865 to 1915, when the firm successfully competed artistically with Tiffany and Galle in the great international expositions that showcased and helped to propagate the Art Nouveau style.
Inspired by late 19th-century crafts movements fathered by William Morris, the artists of the Rorstrand factory took nationalistic pride in incorporating their indigenous flora and fauna into their exquisite designs, transforming wintry berry springs and northern sea creatures into elegant three-dimensional works of art that appealed to a sophisticated European clientele.
Illustrated with objects from Robert Schreiber's outstanding collection, supplemented with craftsmen's drawings and archival documents, Nystrom's thoroughly researched text includes engaging glimpses of the culture surrounding Rorstrand (a former castle), especially the close-knit community of insightful administrators, talented designers and inventors, and artisans. The book chronicles not only the company's artistic achievements but the day-to-day personalities and decisions behind the emergence of this once-utilitarian factory as the birthplace of some of Sweden's most beautiful decorative objects.

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain: Animals and Figurines
Royal Copenhagen Porcelain
Animals and Figurines
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764315722

Here is the first comprehensive reference guide to twentieth century porcelain models of animals and figurines by Royal Copenhagen. An invaluable reference for collectors and dealers, it includes all the well-known pieces together with many others which are rarely seen. Nearly 400 color plates are used to identify more than 500 separate models, among which only about one hundred are in production. Most models are cataloged according to their original sculptors, and more than forty of the modelers are recognized; including biographical information and diagrams of their monograms to aid in identification. Each example is described in detail and nearly all are accompanied by a photograph to illustrate salient points from the model profile. A complete list of known models and a values reference for secondhand examples are included.

Shozo Michikawa: Ceramic Art
Shozo Michikawa
Ceramic Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 3897905051

-With around 70 works from 2003 to 2017 by the Japanese ceramic artist Shozo Michikawa (b. 1953) -Michikawa's pots, with their irregular shape, granular texture, and rich earthen hues are so poetic in their appearance that they have been likened to 'haikus in clay' -Shozo Michikawa's work is highly sought after throughout the world. The Museum f r Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford; National Museum of Walses, Cardisff; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Qinglingsi Temple, Xi'an and Shimada City Museum are among the institutions that have acquired his work Torsion and tension are characteristic of the vessels created by the exceptional Japanese ceramicist Shozo Michikawa (b. 1953), whose works are reminiscent of rock strata and lava flows. Michikawa is known for his unique technique, for turning edgy, dynamic sculptures on the potter's wheel. First he cuts and scores a solid block of clay before he carves out the interior hollow through pressing and turning with a rod and his hands. Natural-looking surfaces emerge, just as geological forces formed the earth's surface - an irrepressible energy from the inside out. With a selection of works from the last fifteen years, Shozo Michikawa introduces the first comprehensive insight into his ceramic production, which has attracted attention across the globe. This book accompanies an exhibition, which will tour between venues: Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA (US), 3rd to 24th June 2017; Erskine, Hall & Coe, London (UK), 11th October. to 2nd November 2017. The artist is active on facebook, at https: //www.facebook.com/shozo.michikawa

Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni
Southwestern Pottery
Anasazi to Zuni
Paperback      ISBN: 0873586565

Examines pottery from tribal groups in the Southwest

Taking Tea With Clarice Cliff
Taking Tea With Clarice Cliff
Paperback      ISBN: 1862051704

The designs of Clarice Cliff are among the most striking and collectable ceramics produced in the 20th century. Angular and uncompromising, embellished in strident primary colors, they were a sensation when they appeared in the 1920s, capturing the spirit of the Art Deco movement. Her teaware is as sought after today as it was then, her most collected designs, such as her Bizarre ware, commanding high prices. This beautifully photographed book evokes the mood of the Art Deco era as it conveys the enormous charm and range of Cliff's work in china tea services. It offers a complete record of her teaware designs as well as a fascinating look at her life and work.

Thinking of You (a Bouquet in a Book): Turn This Book Into a Bouquet
Thinking of You (a Bouquet in a Book)
Turn This Book Into a Bouquet
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419729551

This book offers a fresh take on the Victorian notion of expressing oneself with the symbolic language of flowers. Thinking of You offers a soothing array of blooms with empathetic meanings. Each spread features a flower that "flips up" from the page, a brief description of the flower's symbolism, and its special message for the recipient. When all of the blossoms are popped up, the book can be displayed on a desk just like a vase of flowers.