Mandarin and Menagerie – Chinese and Japanese Export Ceramic Figures (Volume I: The James E. Sowell Collection)


Author: Michael Cohen and William Motley

10 x 12.5”, 304 pp., illustrated in colour, hardcover, London, 2008

Design and Production: C A Design

This book covers the largest and most important collection of Chinese and Japanese export figures currently existing in the world. The book features James E. Sowell’s collection of over 170 porcelain figures. It includes a history of the European trade with Canton and contains an informative guide to the dating of many of these pieces, with many pictures of the bases of the figures. The book presents the pieces in detail, arranging the animals according to approximate zoological taxonomic groups and commenting on some of the scientific knowledge available at the time. The collection mainly consists of Chinese export figures of the 17th, 18th and early 19th century, there are also a few related figures from Japanese kilns.

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