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Ayers, J. G. and others           

Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul

London, 1986. 3 quarto vols.

This is the largest collection of Chinese wares from the late thirteenth century onwards,

dominated by its blue and white, and celadon wares. A fully documented study of  the

collection and its historical background, with about 4,000 pieces illustrated together with

the marks and inscriptions. Very expensive but an essential reference work for a specialised



Beurdeley, M and C                     

Chinese Ceramics (Trans. Katherine Watson)

Thames & Hudson, London 1974.

A massive, expensive and lavishly illustrated general history. It unfortunately contains

many historical and technical inaccuracies, but is useful for its illustration.


Brankston, A.J. 

Early Ming Wares from Ching-te-chen

Peking, 1937.  Reprinted 1970.

An interesting account based on Chinese texts and connoisseurship. Unfortunately the

sources are not as a rule quoted, so its value is limited.


Bushell, Stephen W.  

Chinese Pottery and Porcelain; being a translation of the T’ao-shuo

Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1977 (Reprint of  the original edition of 1910).

This was the first study by a Chinese author devoted exclusively to Chinese ceramics and

reflects the scholar’s attitude as it was in the 18th century. The translation is only

moderately accurate, but the work is nevertheless valuable. Very important are the two

letters of  Pere d’Entrecolles, of 1712 and 1722, which Bushell added as Appendices.


Bushell, Stephen W.

Oriental Ceramic Art

New York, 1899.  Reprinted.

Now largely out of date, but still important for Qing ceramics, and its valuable                 translations of passages from Chinese texts. Bushell was the great pioneer.


Donnelly, P.J.

Blanc de Chine

Faber Monograph series, London, 1969.

The only publication on this subject, it is sadly marred by numerous inaccuracies and confusion.


Garner, Sir Harry M.

Oriental Blue and White

Faber Monograph series, London, 1970. 3rd edition.

This is a revised edition with a new enlarged introduction of a well-established standard work, invaluable as a starting point for all collectors of blue and white.


Goldschmidt, D. Lion                                  

Ming Porcelain

Thames and Hudson, London, 1978.

This splendidly illustrated volume is essential for the study of Ming wares, and is

particularly illuminating for those interested in stylistic development. A work of

great refinement with many subtle insights.


Gompertz, G.St.G.M.                    

Chinese Celadon Wares

Faber Monograph Series, London 1980. Revised edition.

A standard work on a fascinating aspect by a specialist collector, better known for

work on Korean ceramics.


Gray, B

Sung Pottery and Porcelain

Faber Monograph series, London 1984.

knowledge up to date with the most recent Chinese research in the field.


Gyllensvard, B.               

Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection

Stockholm, 1964.

A fully illustrated catalogue of a remarkable collection exceptionally strong in

white wares. Some of the dating is unreliable.


Hayashiya S. and Hasebe Gakuji                 

Chinese Ceramics

Tokyo, 1966.

A general history of Chinese ceramics, amply illustrated, presents the Japanese

approach to the subject.


Hobson, R.L.                               

A Catalogue of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the Collection of Sir Percival David, Bart.

London, 1934.  Privately printed.

This rare, deluxe publication presents a selection of the great collection as it was in 1933,

compiled by one of the great authorities on Chinese ceramics.


Hobson, R.L.                               

Catalogue of the George Eumorfopoulos Collection of Chinese and Korean Pottery and Porcelain

London, 1925-28. 6 vols.

The catalogue of what was the greatest private collection of Chinese art ever made in the

west. Some pieces would now be dismissed as late copies, or even fakes, but the work

remains valuable for all types of Chinese ceramics.


Hobson, R.L.                               

Chinese Pottery and Porcelain

London, 1915. 2 vols. Now reprinted in 1 vol. New York, 1976.

Although now in many respects out of date, this remarkable work remains indispensible

for the serious collector, with its many penetrating observations and sound scholarship.


Honey, W.B.                               

The Ceramic Art of China, and other countries of the Far East

London, 1945.

A general survey, mainly aesthetic, written in a very individual style by a former Keeper

of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Now rather out of date but still



Howard, David S.                         

Chinese Armorial Porcelain

Faber, London,  1974.

A standard work of immense value for reference. Excellently illustrated with a very

readable text.


Jenyns, S.                                      

Later Chinese Porcelain

Faber Monograph series, London, 1971.

A valuable work on a long and difficult period from the 17th century onward by an

author with a highly idiosyncratic style, who draws the reader into discussion at

every turn. Jenyns had access to many unusual Chinese texts and he raises

historical points that are not found elsewhere. References should be carefully



Jenyns, S.                                      

Ming Pottery and Porcelain

Faber Monograph series, London, 1987. A new corrected edition.

A very idiosyncratic work of enormous interest, with much historical and other

peripheral material of great value that is nowhere else available.


Medley, M.                         

Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware

Faber Monograph series, London, 1974.

The first comprehensive study of a much disputed period of unusual interest, when

China was wide open to outside influences.


Medley, M.                                 

The Chinese Potter: A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics

Oxford, 1976. Revised edition in paper-back 1980.

A basic introduction to the history and technology with a useful bibliography.


Medley, M.                                 

Tang Pottery and Porcelain

Faber Monograph series, London, 1981.

A systematic study of the ceramic types of this rich and exciting period based on recent

Chinese research.


Mino Yutaka                               

Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China;

Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960 – 1600 A.D.

Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980-81.

The most important catalogue raisonnee ever published on this popular and varied ware.                                                                                   Meticulously documented and well illustrated with comparative material.


Oort, H.A. van                            

The Porcelain of Hung-hsien

Lochem, 1970.

A study of  the socio-cultural background and some characeristics of the porcelain produced

at Jingdezhen under the self-appointed ‘emperor’ Yuan Shikai in  1916.


Oriental Ceramic Society of  Hong  Kong                                             

Jingdezhen Wares: The Yuan Evolution

Hong Kong, 1984.

This is a catalogue of an important exhibition with a number of important introductory

essays by well-known specialists such as Sir John Addis, M. Medley, M. Tregear etc.


Oriental Ceramic Society of  Hong  Kong        

Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners

Hong Kong, 1981.

The catalogue of a very important exhibition of Chinese porcelains of the period from the

late 16th century to about 1680. A series of interesting and valuable pioneering essays

introduces much previously unpublished material.


Oriental Ceramic Society of  London        

Transactions of the  Oriental Ceramic Society

London 1921 –

Now an annual publication, it includes many valuable scholarly papers on almost every

aspect of Chinese ceramics and art generally.  Reduced prices for members of the Society,

but individual numbers available from Philip Wilson Publishers.


Pope, J.A.                                 

Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine

Washington 1956, Reprinted London 1982.

The reprint is slightly revised and issued by Philip Wilson, Sotheby’s Publications.

It is an important pioneering study of an historic collection mainly of blue and white.


Pope, J.A.                                                     

Fourteenth Century Blue and White in the Topkapu Serayi Muzesi,  Istanbul.

Washington, 1970.

The first monograph on this material by an acknowledged authority.

It is mainly concerned with the identification of the decorative motifs.


Sato, M.                                        

Chinese Ceramics: A Short History

New York & Tokyo, 1981.

A translation of Professor Sato’s Chugoku Tojishi of 1979. Valuable because it reveals much

of the Japanse approach. Sato is one of the foremost authorities in Japan in this field.


Volker, T.                                                     

Porcelain and the Dutch East India Company

Leiden, 1954.

An indispensible reference for collectors of seventeenth century Chinese export ware.


Watson, W.                                

Tang and Liao Pottery

London, 1984.

A comprehensive study of forms and kilns, with a discussion of decoration, preceded by a long                                                                        historical introduction. Not an easy book to use and often controversial. It is amply                                                                                       documented, but almost exclusively from Chinese sources. Marred somewhat by some very bad                                                                     editorial work.


Wirgin, J.                                                      

Sung Ceramic Design

Stockholm, 1970.

A systematic study of the decorations and styles of Sung dynasty wares, with a tentative, but

well-argued chronology. A very valuable work for anyone with a serious interest in this

classic period. Numerous illustrations and line drawings.






Becker, Joanna                            

Karatsu: A Tradition of Diversity

Kodansha International, New York, 1986.

Written with a deep appreciation of the ware by a practising potter, this should be a very valuable                                               

study of a justly famous ware.



Cort, Louise A.                           

Shigaraku, Potter’s Valley

Kodansha International, Tokyo, New York etc., 1979.

A masterly and comprehensive study of one of the most attractive and widely used rough                                                                                 stonewares, which in recent times has been much refined. Both historic and modern wares

are covered.


Faulkner, R.F.J. and Impey, O.R.               

Shino and Oribe Kiln Sites

Oxford, 1981.

The catalogue of a very interesting exhibition of sherds from Toki City, with a useful                                                                                      introduction and good drawings of kilns. Well illustrated and has a useful bibliography together                                                                      

with three clear maps.


Fujioka, Ryoichi                                            

Shino and Oribe Ceramics

(Japapnese Arts Lib.) Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1977.

A systematic study of two very popular wares by the former Curator of Ceramics at Kyoto                                                                               National Museum. Excellent illustrations.


Gorham, Hazel                                              

Japanese and Oriental Ceramics

Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo.

A fairly comprehensive handbook with short entries on wares, kilns, decorations and marks.

Illustrated entirely with line drawings. An index for quick reference. A large bibliography,

but without any evaluations, so this needs careful use.


Jenyns, Soame                                               

Japanese Porcelain

Faber Monograph series, London, 1965.

A pioneering, slightly confused and confusing study, engagingly written. Datings and references                                                                    

need careful checking. Despite shortcomings it is informative in many ways and includes

interesting insights.


Jenyns, Soame                                             

Japanese Pottery

Faber Monograph series, London 1971.

An ambitious study of traditional wares by this stimulating author. Values of sources, dating

and references should be checked.


Kawahara, Masahiko                                                     

The Ceramic Art of Ogata Kenzan

(Japanese Arts Lib. vol. 13) Tokyo.

A well presented study with easily understood technical information. The author does not settle                                                                   

the dating satisfactorily, but the criteria are there.


Kodansha International                               

Famous Ceramics of Japan

Tokyo, 1981-84, 12 vols.

The series, with contributions by various authors, presents first-rate coloured illustration of the

products of all the major kilns, each volume with a simple text introducing the ware.

l. Nabeshima. 2. Agano and Takatori. 3. & 4. Folk Kilns. 5. Kakiemon. 6. Tokoname. 7. Oribe.

8. Karatsu. 9. Kiseto & Setoguro. 10. Hagi. 11. Shino.


Koyama, Fujio                                              

The Heritage of Japanese Ceramics.

(Trans. John Figgess).

A general history by one of the foremost ceramics historians in Japan, who was also a potter.                                                                        

Well illustrated.


Kuroda, Ryoji                                                


(Famous Ceramics of Japan, vol 12), Tokyo, 1984.

An up-to-date study of one of the most sensuous of ceramics wares of the Momoyama period in                                                                    

a good popular series.                


Mikami, Tsugio                                             

The Art of Japanese Ceramics

Weatherhill/Heibonsha, New York & Tokyo, 1972.

A short history and appreciation by a well-known Japanese art historian and archaeologist. 

The translation does not always do justice to the original text, and techniques and terms should be



Miki, Fumio                                                  


(Arts of Japan, vol. 8) Weatherhill, New York, 1974.

An authoritative study of this splendid sepulchral earthenware by a Japanese archaeologist. Well                                                                    illustrated, it includes a classified bibliography, covering historical background, the wares and                                                         

the ceramic tradition. A good starting point for the earlier wares.


Miller, R.A.                                                   

Japanese Ceramics

Tokyo, 1960.

Adapted from the original Japanese text of Okuda, Koyama, Hayashiya, and others. A useful                                                                        

survey for a newcomer to Japanese wares.


Munsterberg, H.                                            

The Ceramic Art of Japan

Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, 1964.

Sub-titled, a handbook for collectors, this is a useful introductory volume by a well-known

Far Eastern art historian. It has a well-chosen select bibliography of the earlier literature.


Nakagawa, Sansaku                                        

Kutani Ware

(Japanese Arts Lib.) Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1979.

An excellent well illustrated study with notes and glossary, as well as a well annotated                                                                                        bibliography.


Piepenberg, Robert                                        

Raku Pottery

Macmillan & Co., New York, 1972.

A potter’s study of this popular Tea Ceremony ware from the technical point of view, with a                                                                        

brief history and a discussion of the Tea Ceremony. Good illustration, charts and drawings.


Rhodes, Daniel                                              

Tamba Pottery

Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1970.

A study of an attractive peasant ware by a sculptor and potter with long teaching experience.

A worthwhile book.


Rieger, Hal                                                    

Raku Art and Technique                             

Studio Vista, London, 1970.

A good illustrated potters’ guide.


Sanders, H.H.                                                

The World of Japanese Ceramics

Tokyo, 1973.

A valuable study of the techniques of the Japanese potter with ample illustration.


Sato, Masahiko                                             

Kyoto Ceramics

(Arts of Japan, vol. 2) Weatherhill, New York, 1973.

An excellent study by an acknowledged expert in the field. Well illustrated.    





Ayers, John

The Chinese Porcelain Collection of Marie Vergottis

Fondation Georges et Marie Vergottis, La Bibliotheque des Arts, Lausanne 2004.


Hermitage, The State Hermitage Editorial Board

Chinese Export Art in the Hermitage Museum, Late 16th – 19th centuries

Hermitage Museum 2003.


Espir, Helen

European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain 1700  -  1830

Jorge Welsh Books, London 2005.


Gugong Museum

Qing Shunzi Kangxi Chao

Beijing, China 2004.

A Catalogue from the Gugong Museum


Jörg, C.J.A. in collaboration with Jan van Campen

Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Philip Wilson in association with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, London 1997.




Gerald Reitlinger Collection

Oxford, 1981.

A Catalogue of Eastern Ceramics from the collection.


Ayers, J.

The Bauer Collection

Four volumes, Geneva, 1968-74.


Barnhart, R.M.

Peach Blossom Spring: Gardens and Flowers in Chinese Painting

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1983.


Beurdeley, M.

Porcelain of the East India Companies

London, 1962.


Beurdeley & Raindre

Qing Porcelain

London, 1987.


Bondy, W.

Kang H'si

Munich, 1923.


Butler, Sir M. et al.

Seventeenth-Century Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection

Alexandria, Virginia, 1990.


Carswell, J.

Blue and White Chinese Porcelain and its Impact on the Western World

University of Chicago, 1985.


le Corbellier, C.

China Trade Porcelains: Patterns of Exhange

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1974.


Crosby Forbes, H.A.

Yang-ts'ai: Foreign Colours - Rose Porcelains of the Ch'ing Dynasty

Exhibition catalogue, China Trade Museum, Milton, Massachusetts, 1982.


Crossman, C.

The China Trade

Princeton, N. J., 1972.


Curtis, J.B.

‘Markets, Motifs and Seventeenth-Century Porcelain from Jingdezhen’, The Porcelains of Jingdezhen (R. Scott ed.)

London, 1993, pp 123-49.


Curtis, J.B.

Chinese Porcelains of the Seventeenth Century: Landscapes, Scholars’ Motifs and Narratives

University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1995.


Gillingham, M.

Chinese Painted Enamels Exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum

Oxford, 1978.


Hervouet, F. & N.

La Porcelaine Des Commpagnies Des Indes à Décor Occidental

Paris, 1986.


Howard, D.

Chinese Armorial Porcelain

London, 1974.


Howard, D. and Ayers, J.

China for the West

London and New York, 1978.


Howard, D.

The Choice of the Private Trader

London, 1994.


Jenyns, S.

Later Chinese Porcelain

London, 1971.


Jörg, C.J.A.

Oosterse keramiek uit Groninger kollekties

Groningen, 1982.


Jörg, C.J.A.

De Hatcher schenking: Chinees export porselein uit een wrak in de Zuid-chinese Zee 1640-1645

Groningen, 1984.


Jörg, C.J.A.

‘Chinese Porcelain for the Dutch in the Seventeenth Century: Trading Networks and Private Enterprise’, The Porcelains of Jingdezhen (R. Scott ed.)

London, 1993, pp183-205.


Jörg, C.J.A.

‘The Geldermalsen: History and Porcelain

Groningen: Kemper Publishers, 1986.


Kjellberg, S.T.

Svenska Ostindiska Compagniera

Malmö, 1975.


Kraahl & Ayers

Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Sarayi Museum

London, 1986.


Lang, G.

The Wrestling Boys.


Mc Lure Mudge, J.

Chinese Export Porcelain in North America

New York, 1986.


Percival David Foundation

Qing Enamelled Wares: Section 2

London, Revised edition 1991.


Rinaldi, M.

Kraak Porcelain: A Moment in the History of Trade

London, 1989.


Lunsingh Scheurleer, D.F.

Chinese Export Porcelain: Chine de Commande

London, 1974.


Scott, R. (ed.)

The Porcelains of Jingdezhen, Colloquies on Art & Archaeology in Asia No. 16

Percival David Foundation, London, 1993.


Scott, R. & Kerr, R.

Ceramic Evolution in the Middle Ming Period: Hongzhi to Wanli (1488-1620)

Percival David Foundation, London, 1994.


Sheaf, C. & Kilburn, R.

The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes: The Complete Record

Oxford, 1988.


Shangraw, C. & Von der Porten, E.P.

The Drake and Cermeño Expeditions’ chinese Porcelains at Drakes Bay, California 1579 and 1595

Santa rosa and Palo Alto, 1981.


Van der Pijl-Ketal & Dumas, C.L.

Fortune de Mer a l’Ile Maurice

Paris, 1981.


Veiga, G.

Chinese Export Porcelain in Brazillian Private Collections

Rio de Janeiro, 1986.


Yang, B.

Tributes from Guangdong to the Qing Court

Palace Museum and Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1987.