BOOKS ABOUT BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN
YUAN AND MING DYNASTIES.
CATALOGUE OF LATE YUAN AND MING CERAMICS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM.
The British Museum Press, 2001. ISBN 0-7141-1488-X. 640 Pages. Hard-Back.
This book, while not specifically about Blue and White Porcelain, is I believe the best book about Ming Blue and White Porcelain available. It is extensively researched and what is so useful to a collector or scholar is that the commentary about each piece is so full. The layout is clear and the photographs are very good as well. It is somewhat expensive but it is a very good investment. Very highly recommended.
YUAN AND MING BLUE AND WHITE WARE FROM JIANGXI.
Jointly Presented by Jiangxi Provincial Museum and the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2002. ISBN 962-7101-61-3.
This well illustrated catalogue is most useful as it includes many pieces of Ming and Yuan Blue and White Porcelain not normally found in the west. Yuan ans Ming ‘Provincial Wares’ from Jingdezhen, ‘Ming Blue and White Found from a Shipwreck in the Philippines’ are among the subjects covered. Highly recommended.
BLUE AND WHITE FOR CHINA, PORCELAIN TREASURES IN THE PERCIVAL DAVID COLLECTION.
University of London, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, Clifford Press 2004. ISBN 0-7286-0358-6. Hard and Soft-Back. 142 Pages.
This attractively produced small book consists mainly of Yuan and Ming Blue and White Porcelain. As well as the major pieces there are some less well know objects. A good but short introductory text. The Percival David Foundation’s important collection of Chinese Ceramics can now be seen at the British Museum or on-line on the British Museums website, see our ‘Links’ section.
BLUE AND WHITE, CHINESE PORCELAIN AROUND THE WORLD.
A very good well illustrated book. The Chinese Porcelain covered in depth is primarily from the Yuan and Early Ming dynasties, concentrating on the finest pieces from museums. Recommended.
CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN.
S. T. Yeo & Jean Martin.
Southeast Asian Ceramics Society, Arts Orientalis, Singapore 1978. 313 Pages, Hard Back.
This catalogue to the Southeast Asian Ceramics Society’s exhibition is very well illustrated and although it contains 18th century Chinese blue and white porcelain has a much larger section of Yuan and Ming. As it is bast on private collections it shows the types of blue and white collectors will find available on the market today rather that the most important pieces from museums. Highly recommended.
CHINESE CERAMICS IN THE TOPKAPI SARAY MUSEUM ISTANBUL, A COMPLETE CATALOGUE. VOLUME II. YUAN AND MING PORCELAIN.
Regina Krahl, in collaboration with Nurdan Erbahar.
Sotheby’s Publications. ISBN 0-85667-184-3. From the Set of Three Volumes. Pages from 381-899.
This massive book is extremely useful, it illustrates an enormous amount of Ming and some Yuan Blue and White Porcelain. Nearly all is shown in black and white but the photographs are good as are the captions. It is a very useful dating tool. Most of the pieces are either dishes or bowls so it is most useful for dating painting styles and patterns. This book is normally sold with the other two volumes of the set which makes it very expensive.Highly recommended.
CHINESE PORCELAIN COLLECTIONS IN THE NEAR EAST, TOPKAPI AND ARDEBIL. THREE VOLUMES.
Hong Kong University Press,1981. Vol. 1 ISBN 962-209-004-4. Hard-Back.
This is book is poorly illustrated but is still a useful set of books and is much cheaper than the complete collection at the Topkapi (above) it does not have a commentary about each piece.
EXHIBITION OF MING BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN,
THE DRs. A. M. SENGERS COLLECTION.
S. Marchant & Son.
2001. 108 Pages, Hard-Back.
This small but beautifully produced catalogue is well worth having.
EXHIBITION OF MING BLUE AND WHITE : JIAJING-CHONGZHEN INCLUDING DATED EXAMPLES.
S. Marchant & Son.
2004. 117 Pages, Hard-Back.
Again a beautiful catalogue and very useful.
SEVENTEENTH CENTURY JINGDEZHEN PORCELAIN FROM SHANGHAI AND THE BUTLER COLLECTIONS, BEAUTY’S ENCHANTMENT.
Sir Michael Butler, Professor Wang Qingzheng.
The Shanghai Museum in Collaboration with London Editions, Hong Kong. Scala Publishers, London. 2006. ISBN 1-85759-417-7. 365 Pages, Soft-Back.
An excellent book covering 17th century, the majority of which is Blue and White Porcelain. Many photographs with an excellent text. Highly recommended.
SHUNZHI PORCELAIN, TREASURES FROM AN UNKNOWN REIGN.
Michael Butler, Julia B. Curtis, Stephen Little.
Art Services International, 2002. ISBN 0-295-98213-6. 251 Pages. Available in Hard or Soft-back.
Another excellent book, each piece has a long entry and is very well photographed. Again this book is not just about Transitional Blue and White porcelain but includes polychrome and monochrome porcelain as well.. Highly recommended.
CHINESE PORCELAIN OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY,
LANDSCAPES, SCHOLARS’ MOTIFS AND NARRATIVES.
Julia B. Curtis.
China Institute Gallery, China Institute 1995. ISBN 0-295-97467-2. 167 Pages, Soft-Back.
This book is again very good, it is different in that it put the pieces into their artistic context.. Highly recommended.
SEVENTEENTH CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAIN FROM THE BUTLER FAMILY COLLECTION.
Sir Michael Butler, Margaret Medley, Stephen Little.
Art Services International, 1990. Soft-Back. 207 Pages.
This book is mostly in black and white. It is particularly strong on late Ming porcelain for the Japanese market but it has many other types of Blue and White transitional Porcelain illustrated and fully described. Again this book is not devoted to Blue and White Porcelain. . Highly recommended.
TRANSITIONAL WARES AND THEIR FORERUNNERS.
The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong. 1981. ISBN ? 223 Pages. Hard-Back.
This is an important large catalogue of an exhibition organised by The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong in 1981. It covers all porcelain from the period not just Blue and White. Most of the photographs are black and white but despite that it is very useful as the pieces illustrated are numerous and varied. The text is very good. . Highly recommended.
LATE MING, CHINESE PORCELAIN FROM THE BUTLER COLLECTIONS.
Sir Michael Butler.
Musee national d’histoire et d’art Luxembourg 2008. ISBN ? 139 Pages. Hard-Back.
The catalogue of a little publicised exhibition in Luxembourg of Late Ming Blue and White Porcelain from the collection of Sir Michael Butler. Despite Sir Michael having had many exhibitions of pieces from his collection this is an entirely new catalogue. There are not many pages but the catalogue is large with excellent photographs and descriptions have plenty of information. It includes monochrome and polychrome Porcelain but most pieces are Blue and White. Highly recommended.
KANGXI and the 18th CENTURY
Surprisingly there are no specific books about 18th Century Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, although as you can see above there are many about Blue and White from the 17th century. We have listed here the book that are most useful.
CHINESE CERAMICS IN THE COLLECTION OF THE RIJKSMUSEUM,
AMSTERDAM. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Christiaan J. A. Jorg in Collaboration with Jan van Campen.
Philip Wilson in association with The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 1997. ISBN 0-85667-489-3. 351 Pages. Hard-Back, Soft-Back.
As is stated above there are few books Specifically about 18th Century Chinese Blue and White Porcelain but this general book about Chinese Porcelain at the Rijksmuseum has an excellent section on 18th Century Blue and White Porcelain. Not surprisingly this book concentrates on export porcelain for the Dutch market, many of the pieces are from the Kangxi Period. The descriptions and photographs are excellent. Highly recommended.
KANGXI PORCELAIN WARES FROM THE SHANGHAI MUSEUM COLLECTION.
Shanghai Museum, the Woods Publishing Company. 1998. ISBN 962-321-031-9 (Paper-Back edition). 383 Pages.
This book has a some Blue and White Porcelain which is in the Chinese taste, either imperial or for the scholars market in China. Well illustrated.