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978-1-61147-910-2 • Hardback • April 2016 • $92.00 • (£71.00)
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Michael St. Clair is professor emeritus at Emmanuel College, Boston.
Chapter One: China: Alluring and Mysterious to the West
Chapter Two: China’s Tradition of Collecting
Chapter Three: The Greatest Collection Ever
Chapter Four: Foreigners in China’s Curios and Antiquities Shops
Chapter Five: American Pioneers in China: Yankee Traders, Missionaries and Diplomats
Chapter Six: Taste-Makers and Early Ceramics Collectors
Chapter Seven: International Dealers in Chinese Art
Chapter Eight: The Boston Orientalists and the Japanese Connection
Chapter Nine: Americans Who Began to Collect Chinese Porcelain
Chapter Ten: The Pace of American Collecting Increases
Chapter Eleven: The Age of Giants Who Collected
Chapter Twelve: The Great Public Collections of Chinese Art
Chapter Thirteen: Forgeries, Fakes, and the Repatriation of Art
Drawing primarily on secondary sources and collection catalogues, the book comprises an engaging overview of collections formed largely by Americans during this extraordinary period. It is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to discover more about key individuals, identifying as it does the sheer number of people collecting Chinese material, and providing almost dictionary-like entries. . . .[It will] be relevant for students of Chinese studies, museum studies, history, art history, as well as curators, collectors and dealers – and, indeed, anyone interested more generally in Chinese art and collecting.
— China Quarterly
Enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations, and informative Foreword (Art Gives Pleasure), a four page Select Bibliography, and a twenty-nine page Index, "The Great Chinese Art Transfer: How So Much of China's Art Came to America" is extraordinarily and exceptionally well written, organized and presented from beginning to end. Of special note are the chapters on 'China's Tradition of Collecting' and 'Forgeries, Fakes, and the Repatriation of Art'... Very highly recommended as a core addition to community, college, and university library Art History collections.
— Midwest Book Review