WORLD CERAMICS, An Illustrated History,

By: Robert J Charleston

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WORLD CERAMICS, An Illustrated History, by Robert J Charleston (V&A), editor, and 20 distinguished contributors
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Chartwell Books Inc., New Jersey -fifth impression ISBN 0890090629, 1977. Hardcover, 13½" x 10", with dust jacket. Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering, with usual stamps, stickers, reinforced hinges etc. Barcode excised from ffep. Shelf-wear to bottom of boards. Packed book weighs 3kgs (6½lbs). GOOD book in GOOD unclipped dust jacket. Cream cloth-bound boards with gold type to spine, illustrated endpapers, Color plate as frontis (French vase, c1900), 64 full color plates, over 1,000 b&w reproductions, glossary, factory marks, and index. The duel role of ceramics - its evolution as a utilitarian craft, as well as its elaboration into a decorative art - is fascinatingly displayed here in all its contexts, from the peasant's hearth to the court of kings. The full range of pottery and porcelain from the most utilitarian wares to the strangest ritual objects are shown within the compass of this volume (including the most grandiose architectural schemes of panels and decorative tiles).

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