Douglas & McIntyre
Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo

Book details:

October 2009
ISBN 978-1-55365-434-6
9" x 11"
200 pages
160 colour photographs
$60.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo

Japanese Porcelain and Its Impact in Europe—The Macdonald Collection

A lavishly illustrated volume on Japanese porcelain from one of the world’s finest collections

Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo highlights 170 masterpieces from the Macdonald Collection at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. This extraordinary collection illustrates many different aspects of the historical interaction between Japanese and European porcelain during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It is the best cross-cultural porcelain collection in Canada and among the best of its kind in the world.

Illustrated with more than 160 full-colour photographs commissioned for this volume, Dragons, Tigers and Bamboo makes the Macdonald Collection accessible for the first time to an international audience. In this book:

  • Charles Mason contributes a concise and informative history of porcelain in Japan from 1600 to 1750 and provides commentaries on pieces from the Macdonald Collection, including Japanese as well as European styles
  • Oliver Impey focuses on Kakiemon porcelain
  • Christiaan J.A. Jörg traces the influence of Japanese export porcelain on European porcelain

About the Authors

Oliver Impey

Oliver Impey (1936–2005) was curator of Eastern art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, until 2002. Author or contributor to more than thirty books, including ...

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Christiaan J.A. Jörg

Christiaan J.A. Jörg, professor of Art History at the Leiden University, is the author of Fine and Curious and Japanese Export Lacquer (with Oliver Impey).

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Charles Mason

Charles Mason is chief curator at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto.

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