Chinese Art Author:R. L. Hobson Pottery, porcelain, jades, paintings, lacquer,bronzes and furniture - all these facets of the Chinese creative genius are presented in this volume in full colour. — When this pictorial survey of the whole field of Chinese art was originally published, it was immediately recognised as an outstanding contribution to its subject. — The introduction b... more »y the late R. L. Hobson remains a model of authoritative compression, serving to complement and knit the illustrations into a unified whole. The text has not been altered in any way for the present edition but contains minor revisions made for the second impression by Soames Jenyns, Deputy Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiques, British Museum.
It is, however, the 100 pages of superb illustrations, in four colours, in as near facsimile as possible, which have made this book an eagerly sought collector's piece. Almost 2,000 years are covered, ranging from a wine jar of the Han dynasty to lacquer work dating from the Ch'ing dynasty in the 18th century; but perhaps the most exquisite pieces are the bowls and vases of the Sung and Ming dynasties, all portrayed in beautiful colour.
The reissue of this important book makes it possible once again to view and assess the contribution of China to the arts of the world, within the compass of a single volume.« less