Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere: The Glass of China

SKU: 754609812

Emily Byrne Curtis, editor
With essays by Ricardo Joppert, Ma Wenkuan, and Daphne Lange Rosenzweig

The Chinese have long made glass of outstanding beauty, though it has been 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. In this, the first book to draw on major recent archival discoveries, the authors illustrate a stunning array of glass made in the imperial glassworks of China.
"Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere" explains the development of the Chinese glass industry, the techniques and structures of the emperor's glassworks, the use of glass in imperial households, and its employments as gifts within the house and abroad. Stunningly illustrated, with 60 color and 65 black and white photographs, the book presents a visual survey of the best Chinese glass from collections throughout the world.

  • 134 pages; hardcover
  • Published in 2004 by Ashgate Publishing Limited