Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere: The Glass of China
- Publish Date: 2004-03-14
- Binding: Hardcover
The Chinese have long made glass of outstanding beauty. Overshadowed by its more famous rivals, porcelain and ink painting, the vast riches of the history of Chinese glassmaking are only beginning to be appreciated by historians and collectors. This book draws on major archaeological discoveries, and the author illustrates a stunning array of glass manufactured in the imperial glassworks of China. The overview explains the development of the Chinese glass industry, the techniques and structures of the Emperors' glassworks, the use of glass in the imperial households, and its employment as gifts within the imperial household and abroad. Illustrated, with many photographs, the book presents a visual survey of the best Chinese glass from collections throughout the world.