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Vietnamese Ceramics
by Tran Khanh Chuong
  • Reviews the full history and many styles of Vietnamese ceramics, with many colour photos illustrating the various styles

  • Colour plates illustrate the development of Vietnamese ceramics from the earliest times to the present day
  • An excellent handbook for collectors of Vietnamese ceramics specifically, and of Asian art objects generally

Terra cotta was first produced in Vietnam ten thousand years ago, and ceramic shards have been found dating back to the Bac Son culture from the early Neolithic age. Later, during the period of Chinese feudal domination between the second and tenth centuries CE, Vietnamese potters learned many new techniques, and a golden age ensued for ceramic arts during the Ly and Tran dynasties that ruled after Vietnam regained its independence. The ability to combine forms, decorative motifs and coloured glazes led Ly-Tran craftsmen to create three famous categories of Vietnamese ceramics: the ivory white glazed with decoration in relief, the brown patterned, and the jade glazed. 

Further progress in technical ability led to the development of increasingly delicate and finely decorated objects over the next several centuries. In the twentieth century, modern methods were adopted, and new styles have come to co-exist with traditional forms of ceramics. 
This volume reviews the full history and many styles of Vietnamese ceramics, with many colour photos illustrating the various styles. An excellent handbook for collectors of Vietnamese ceramics specifically, and of Asian art objects generally.

Published by The Gioi Publishers
Published 2006, 100 pp., illustrated in colour
ISBN 978 90 78239 02 4, paperback, 14.99