Chinese Art Author:Judith and Arthur Hart Burling There has been a great need for a well illustrated and comprehensive text on every phase of Chinese art with complete and up-to-the-minute factual knowledge. This is such a book, and it is written by two famous authorities with sympathy, insight, humor, and deep understanding. — This partial list of subjects covered will give some idea of the wi... more »de scope of the book: Collectors and Collecting, with many amusing anecdotes, also guidance in starting a collection; Copies and Imitations, with practical tests for determining authenticity; Calligraphy and Painting, including the lives of the great painters and a fascinating history of China, its philosophies, religions, and the country's relations with the West: Pottery and Porcelain from the earliest known specimens to the present day, including export porcelains; Sculpture, in wood and stone; Carved Ivory; the Story of Architecture; Furniture and Lacquer. Complete chapters also deal with bronzes; textiles, embroidery, costume, and carpets; jade; the art of cloisonne and painted enamel, gold, silver, jewelry, and ironwork.
In addition, there is a complete survey of the subjects and symbolism commonly used in all forms of Chinese art. This includes the most popular tales in Chinese history, drama, literature, and legend....« less