Decorative Arts in China, 1644-1911
- PUBLISHED: February 2024
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art History / Asian Art, Asian Studies / China
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 226 Pages, 7 x 10 in, 277 color illus., 3 maps
- ISBN: 9780295751917
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
With over 250 color illustrations, this companion volume to Claudia Brown's Great Qing: Painting in China, 1644–1911 covers an array of superbly crafted objects of art produced during China's last dynasty. It features ceramics, metalwork, textiles, lacquer, glass, jade, and works of bamboo selected from collections in North America, Europe, China, and Taiwan. Art historian Brown probes the materials, motivations, technologies, and skills of Qing period artists, along with trends in art patronage and collecting. She considers objects of private patronage, including snuff bottles and instruments for the scholar's desk, alongside imperial commissions, palace furnishings, and pieces made for export in the flourishing East-West trade market. Moving chronologically from one emperor's reign to the next, Glorious Qing offers a comprehensive survey of Qing decorative arts that will delight experts and novices alike, from collectors to students of art history.
Authors & Contributors
Claudia Brown is professor of art history at Arizona State University and research curator for Asian art at the Phoenix Art Museum. She is author of Great Qing: Painting in China, 1644–1911.
A useful, concise, and well-illustrated introduction to the field of Chinese material and visual culture, focusing on the artistic production of luxury items and decorative objects throughout the Qing dynasty, and a long-overdue overview that presents a broad range of material.- Clarissa von Spee, author of Wu Hufan: A Twentieth Century Art Connoisseur in Shanghai
Comprehensive and concise . . . Brown's lucid writing, weaving together almost all the media embraced in Qing dynasty decorative arts, is the first English-language text to explore this overlooked but fascinating topic.- Pengliang Lu, associate curator of Chinese decorative arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art