Masterpieces of World Ceramics
Editors: Reino Liefkes & Hilary Young
Publisher/Date: V&A Publications 2008
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket in Near Fine condition: dust jacket has light shelfwear. 144 pages; 10.9 x 8.75 x 0.7 inches. Profusely illustrated in color.
Description: From gorgeous ancient pieces like a 3500-year-old Egyptian scepter to superb 20th-century works like Picasso's Artist at his Easel and the deconstructed, postmodernist forms of Adrian Saxe, the 120 ceramic pieces here from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum cover a vast range of cultures and eras. The book is presented almost as a visual timeline, drawing together potting traditions from across the globe, illuminating how these traditions interrelate, and how trade and cultural interchange have shaped their histories.