Desccriptive Qualities —
Shiwan pottery has long been recognized as an art form of the common people of South China, reflecting many of their folklores and political events. Over the last thirty years or so, the study of Shiwan pottery within and outside China ha taken place in isolation from each other. As a consequence, researchers and collectors outside China have been ignorant of the very important archaeological materials available in China and discussed in this Museum Catalogue in the article by Provincial Museum of Guangdong, while some of the Chines scholars in turn have been equally unable to study the extensive collections outside their country. Thus, conclusions to various theses have often been drawn on the basis of incomplete information.
This is an exceptional book, (425 pages in color and black and white), with rich information, scholarly essays and great colored images for the collector or researcher. All details are in English and Chinese, as well as marks by the various artists. You will see reviews of Chinese Art History in Shiwan Pottery; Family lineage of Shiwan potters; and a great article on The Esthetic of Shiwan and Why Collect Shiwan.
Condition: Used, like new with original dust cover. Shrink Wrapped. Dimensions: 8-1/2”w x 10-1/4”h x 1-1/2”d
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