Pat Halfpenny, Curator Emerita Ceramics and Glass at Winterthur Museum, writes
“From the early delicate porcelain of Worcester and the sturdy earthenwares of Spode, we learn how the pioneers in the industry created and fostered a love for the exotic East which still holds its place in today’s market. The discussion of engraving and the development of techniques to produce different decorative treatments is a revelation.”
In this new ceramic book of printed Chinoiserie designs in the Chinese style, authors Halliday and Zeller reveal the sources of inspiration for the patterns and shapes that played an important role in the growth of Britain’s ceramic industry from the mid-18th century to 1900. Their work demonstrates how Chinese export porcelain served as both a catalyst and design source for the industry’s newly developed printed ceramics. It also provides an historical perspective on the engraving techniques developed to print Chinoiserie patterns on pottery and porcelain during that period. Readers will gain from its content a better understanding of why art and design in the Chinoiserie style remains popular today among collectors, ceramic producers, artists, and professionals in the field of decorative arts.
With this attractive 416-page hardcover book that includes 1,450 colour images, the authors bring the evolution of the Chinoiserie style in British ceramics into greater focus. It includes a well-organised, well-illustrated catalogue of over 340 pages containing a detailed discussion of patterns in a wide range of colours and shapes. The items featured were carefully selected from private and museum collections and are representative of many aspects of material culture in the late 18th through the 19th centuries. An important addition to the book is a review of over 60 original Chinese export porcelain designs that were creatively adapted by the British ceramic factories. Pottery and porcelain enthusiasts, historians, curators and decorative and fine arts professionals are sure to find this new book a must have resource.
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