Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of Collecting
Collecting China: The World, China, and A Short History of Collecting is a unique collection of essays that brings together theories of materiality and what collecting has meant to various peoples over time. Collecting China grew out of a simple question: how does a thing become Chinese? Fifteen essays explore this question from different angles, ranging from close examination of world-renowned private collections (the Rockefellers, the Goncourts, the Walters, the du Ponts, the Yeh family, and the Getty Research Institute, among others) to critical reinterpretations of historical writings that continue from records of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty to the story of Robinson Crusoe and the first international exhibition of Chinese art. With accounts that incorporate records normally unavailable to the public, the authors map the vast network of collecting practices in different periods, and demonstrate the ways in which material things produced in China acquire new cultural identities through collecting practices.
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China and china An Introduction to Materiality and a History of Collecting
Part I China and the World Romance and Praxis in Transcultural Collecting
Part II China and the World Art Market and Modern Trade
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller American ancient antiques archaeology Archives art history art objects artifacts artistic Asia Asian art Beijing Britain British bronze catalogue century China Chinese art Chinese ceramics Chinese export Chinese export porcelain Chinese objects Chinese porcelain Chinese things classical Collecting China collectors Confucian Crusoes cultural dealers decorative Defoe Defoes display Dynasty early earthenware eighteenth-century emperor essay Europe European Exhibition of Chinese export porcelain folder Gallery Getty global Goncourt Hayashi Taisuke history of collecting Home Series Huo Qubing Ibid images imperial inscriptions Japan Jingdezhen Jules de Goncourt Junior London Luo Zhenyu material Ming modern Nanjing nese nineteenth Okakura Kakuzō Okakura Tenshin oracle bones Oriental original paintings Palace Museum Paris pieces Pont Prang prints purchased Qianlong emperor Qing Record Group Robinson Crusoe scholars sculpture Shang Shanghai Tang Dynasty tion translation vase Walters Wang Wang Guowei ware Winterthur Yinxu York Zhongguo Zhou