HC Handbook Chinese Ceramics Tang Ming Han Shang Neolithic Song Mongol Yuan Sui

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,778) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122391570392 A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics by Suzanne G. Valenstein. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1988). Pages: 331. Size: 10½ x 8½ inches; 3¼ pounds. The tradition of the Chinese potter’s art reaches back more than 7,000 years. We have only recently begun to understand its exact nature, as archaeological discoveries made in China during the past twenty-five years have forced us to alter our notion of Chinese ceramic history. This handbook tells the story of Chinese pottery as we see it today. A brief history of each major chapter in that story notes the political factors that influenced ceramic production, characterizes the wares of each period, and notes their known manufacturing centers. As decorative techniques are introduced into the potter’s repertoire and ceramic technology is developed and refined, these innovations are explained. Recent archaeological finds are mentioned as they affect the attribution of the wares discussed, and various individual Chinese ceramic conventions are traced from the Mesolithic period to the present day. Hundreds of objects from the Metropolitan Museum collection, dating from the Neolithic era to the twentieth century, illustrate wares and decorative techniques. Some of these pieces will be old favorites to ceramic enthusiasts; many are published here for the first time. Dozens of objects from other collections, specimens of wares not represented among the Metropolitan pieces, complete the visual survey. Maps of the areas in which the history of Chinese ceramics was made, a detailed chronology of dynasties and periods, a glossary of technical terms, and a suggested reading list of English-language publications are also provided. CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Metropolitan Museum of Art (1988) 331 pages. Unblemished except for very faint (almost indiscernable) edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket (also the backside of the dustjacket shows very slight rubbing - being high-gloss black the dustjacket will show mild rub marks even from merely being shelved between other books). Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread, though I would guess (based on an examination of the book) that it is likely the book was leafed through once or twice while in the bookstore. Notwithstanding that possibility, the condition of the book is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton (for example), wherein bookstore patrons are allowed to browse open inventory, and so otherwise new books might show slight signs of shelfwear or having been flipped through by bookstore "look-e-loo's". Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on- line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #8570.1b PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This handsome book is at once a general survey of Chinese ceramics from the early Neolithic period to the present day and an essential reference volume for art historians and connoisseurs. Originally published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975 as an introduction to its vast collection of Chinese ceramics, the book was highly praised by experts in the field. Over the last decade, however, thanks to accelerated archaeological activity in The People's Republic of China and important archaeological discoveries made elsewhere, substantial changes have been made in Chinese ceramic chronology and attributions. At the same time, analytic studies of Chinese ceramic technology have altered many basic concepts. This edition, written in the light of such enhanced knowledge, presents a far more detailed and comprehensive picture than could have been possible only a few years ago. A wealth of new information has been reported and integrated into the book, which begins over one thousand years earlier than the first edition. Almost half of the 335 objects illustrated are new to this edition; a 32-page section of color plates adds immeasurably to the usefulness of the book. This edition uses the Pinyin system of Chinese Romanization; there is an appendix giving Pinyin/Wade-Giles equivalents, with the Chinese characters, as well as a chronology, maps, a glossary, selected readings, and an index. Invaluable for scholars will be the new technical information, references to relevant Chinese archaeological journals, and an appendix giving selective archaeological and other documentary comparisons to objects in the Museum's collection that are illustrated in the book. REVIEW: Suzanne G. Valenstein is Research Curator, Department of Asian Art, in the Metropolitan Museum. Her book provides both visitors to the Museum galleries and readers at home with a comprehensive and current introduction to Chinese ceramic wares through the ages. REVIEW: TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword. Preface to the Second Edition. Maps. Chronology. Color Plates. Following. 1. The Early Periods. 2. The Xia and Shang Dynasties. 3. The Zhou Dynasty. 4. The Qin and Han Dynasties. 5. The Six Dynasties. 6. The Sui Dynasty. 7. The Tang Dynasty. 8. The Five Dynasties. 9. The Northern Song, Jin, and Southern Song Dynasties. 10. The Yuan Dynasty. 11. The Ming Dynasty. 12. The Qing Dynasty. 13. The Twentieth Century, Design Continuations, and Copies. Appendix I. Selected Archaeological and Other Documentary Comparisons. Appendix II. Pinyin Romanizations of Chinese Words and Their Wade-Giles Equivalents. Glossary. Selected Readings. Index. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This revised and enlarged edition of a 1975 handbook to the Metropolitan Museum collections begins with the Neolithic period and continues through the Qing, touching briefly on the 20th century. Valenstein incorporates into this edition knowledge gained from recent archaeological discoveries in China and elsewhere; the work is further enhanced by the addition of 40 excellent color plates and many new illustrations. Still most useful as a guide to a major collection, this could also serve as an introductory survey of a large and complex subject. Primarily for special and graduate collections [College of William and Mary]. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I know of no other book that provides such a thorough overview of the history and development of Chinese ceramics over the past 5000 to 6000 years. It is encyclopedic in scope and style, but she provides a great service nonetheless for those of us who are passionate collectors or wannabes. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Material: Paper, Pages: 331 pages

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