A remarkable array of accessible and affordable dog-related items, dating from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. From portraits to postcards, Staffordshire to celluloid, Berlin work to buttons, everything in this compendium of over 430 color photographs relates to dogs and the people who loved them. Also included are an essay tracing the popularity of various dog breeds over an 80-year period, values for all items, bibliography, and detailed index.
China's art objects and traditional manufactured products have long been sought by collectors—from porcelains and silk fabrics to furniture and even the lacquered chopsticks that are a distant relation to ones found in most Chinese restaurants. Things Chinese presents sixty distinctive items that are typical of Chinese culture and together open a special window onto the people, history, and society of the world's largest nation. Many of the objects are collectibles, and each has a story to tell. The objects relate to six major areas of cultural life: the home, the personal, arts & crafts, eating & drinking, entertainment, and religious practice. They include items both familiar and unfamiliar—from snuff bottles and calligraphy scrolls to moon cake molds and Mao memorabilia. Ronald Knapp's evocative text describes the history, cultural significance, and customs relating to each object, while Michael Freeman's superb photographs illustrate them. Together, text and photographs offer a unique look at the material culture of China and the aesthetics that inform it.
The latest reference book by the expert couple features more than fifty thousand accurate prices for items in more than five hundred categories; hundreds of factory marks and logos; helpful advice on buying, selling, and preserving antiques; hundreds of black-and-white photographs; and a special full-color insert on flea market finds. Original. 80,000 first printing.