The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China is an outstanding and beautifully illustrated (304 pages with 185 color, 215 black and white) survey of artifacts from some of the world’s finest and most unusual private and public collections. During her years as Far Eastern Curator at the Chester Beatty Library Collection, Jan Chapman established a unique system of categorization for these rare objects. This framework enables both the connoisseur and collector to recognize items through various seals, and to trace the influences of other materials such as jade, soap-stone and blanc de chine, enhancing their understanding of this little-known field.
Publication date: 1999. Condition: New. Flawless copy, pristine, never opened (spine unbroken) and remains in its’ shrink-wrapped enclosure. Dimensions: 8-1/2” x 11-3/4”. This is a Hardbound publication with the original dust cover. ISBN-0-903432-57-9.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection