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Chinese Art, Burlington Magazine Monograph, William Moorcroft provenance, 1925 first edition


Chinese Art, Burlington Magazine Monograph, William Moorcroft provenance, 1925 first edition.

This one has a special provenance. Formerly owned by William Moorcroft (1872 - 1945). Moorcroft initially studied art at Burslem, Staffordshire then later in London and Paris. Whilst working for James McIntyre and Co Ltd in around 1896 he started experimenting with highly lustred glazes and Oriental decorations. This developed into an art nouveau style which Moorcroft is still known for. His techniques were innovative and highly guarded secrets. His wares were sold through Liberty in London and Tiffany in New York.

In 1913 he founded his own factory and the business was successful. Queen Mary appointed him 'Potter to the Queen' in 1928, a title which was marked on his pottery. He continues to enjoy enormous popularity today amongst collectors.

This volume carries his distinctive bookplate and is also accompanied by a postcard addressed to Mr and Mrs Morris from Port Said in Egypt in 1938.

Burlington Magazine Monographs, Chinese Art, an introductory review of painting, ceramics, textiles, bronzes, sculpture, jade etc by Roger Fry, Laurence Binyon, A F Kendrick, Bernhard Rackham, W Percival Yetts, Osvald Siren and W W Winkworth.

Published for the Burlington Magazine by B T Batsford, London.

First edition 1925.

This monograph formed the basis of the more common 1935 handbook on Chinese Art also published by Batsford. This substantial volume contains a wealth of high quality information on Chinese Art.

Very good condition. Black cloth covers with gilt emblem to cover and gilt lettering to spine. Only minor wear on covers and minor bumping to extremities.
Printed endpapers in Chinese silk design. Text is very good to near fine. William Moorcroft bookplate to first pastedown.

62pp + many wonderful pages of plates + xviii (to front and rear) + a substantial section of art dealer advertisements of the day.

Moorcroft's postcard included as mentioned above.

310mm high x 252mm wide x 30mm deep.