Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum
Through 556 sumptuously illustrated pages, this book delves into one of the foremost collections of Chinese export ceramics in the world. Contextual essays and 275 object entries present ground-breaking scholarship by former PEM curator and internationally renowned authority on the subject, William R. Sargent.
PEM’s Asian Export Art collection boasts over 7,000 Chinese ceramics made for export between the early 15th century and the late 19th century. From elaborately mounted porcelain cups and carp-shaped tureens to 3-foot-high blue and white vases and masterfully sculpted figures, the collection highlights the diversity of ceramics made in China for export. Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum exposes long-held misconceptions in the field of Asian Export Art while presenting new research and discoveries. Exquisitely detailed photography affords new windows onto these works and an introductory chapter by Rose Kerr, curator emeritus of the Victoria and Albert Museum, thoroughly explores Jingdezhen, the legendary ceramics city in which most of these magnificent works were created.