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Collecting China

The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting

Vimalin Rujivacharakul - Contributions by Stanley K. Abe; Shana J. Brown; Ting Chang; Paola Demattè; Ronald W. Fuchs II; Ellen Huang; Elizabeth Lillehoj; Lydia H. Liu; C Griffith Mann; Lawrence Nees; Stacey Pierson; Marcia Reed; Eugene Wang and Wen-Hsin Yeh

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. « less more »
University Press Copublishing Division / University of Delaware Press
Pages: 240Size: 9 x 11 1/2
978-1-61149-006-0 • Hardback • February 2011 • $79.00 • (£52.95)
Vimalin Rujivacharakul is assistant professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware.
Chapter 1 List of Illustrations
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 China and china: An Introduction to Materiality and a History of Collecting
Part 4 Part I: China and the World: Romance and Praxis in Transcultural Collecting
Chapter 5 Goncourt's China Cabinet: China Fantasy and a Nineteenth-Century French Collector
Chapter 6 Robinson Crusoe's Earthenware Pot
Chapter 7 What is Chinese About Ancient Artifacts?: Oracle Bones and the Transnational Collectors Hayashi Taisuke and Luo Zhenyu
Chapter 8 Making Asia out of China: Okakura Kakuzo's Notions of Classicism
Chapter 9 Selective Visions: Contemporary Collecting of Sino-Western Works on Paper at the Getty
Part 10 Part II: China and the World: Art Market and Modern Trade
Chapter 11 Exporting China: The Collecting Taste of William and Henry Walters
Chapter 12 Rockefeller Home Decorating and Objects from China
Chapter 13 A Passion for China: Henry Francis du Pont's Collection of Export Porcelain
Chapter 14 From Market and Exhibition to University: Sir Percival David and the Institutionalization of Chinese Art History in England
Chapter 15 There and Back Again: Material Objects at the First International Exhibitions of Chinese Art in Shanghai, London, and Nanjing, 1935–1936
Part 16 Part III: China and the World: When China Collected
Chapter 17 Collecting the World: Sculptural Ensemble of Bestiary on General Huo Qubing's (140–117 BCE) Tumulus
Chapter 18 Emporers and Scholars: Collecting Culture and Late Imperial Antiquarianism
Chapter 19 Living with Art: The Yeh Family Collection and the Modern Practices of Chinese Collecting
Chapter 20 Reflections: Notes on Collecting in the First Millennium of the Common Era: Perspectives from West of China
Chapter 21 Bibliography
Chapter 22 Notes on Contributors
Chapter 23 Index
Collections strong in Chinese history and culture as well as Chinese collecting need this!
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