China To Order

China to Order covers Qing developments in porcelain made for export for two and a half centuries, from 1644 to 1908.   It is the first book to bring together the evolution of Chinese culture from the Famille Verte into the Famille Rose, the start of Chinese art enameling work in Canton, continuing past Emperor Qianlong’s death into the 19th century, until the demise of Manchu rule at the beginning of the 20th century.

The United States first started trading in Canton, China, in 1784.   China to Order covers this nation’s particular involvement, together with the Opium Wars, and the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions.   The text alternates between the historical Chinese culture evolution of commercial relations between China and the West, and development of porcelain earmarked for export.

This fascinating study of polychrome wares is lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs of porcelains from Daniel and Serga Nadler’s own collection.  This collection is rich in 19th century materials, exceptionally so in wares made for the Islamic markets : Turkey, Persia, India, where Arabic script was used.   In fact it was a study of hegiric dates on these wares which led to the confirmation that the Taiping Rebellion, caused an eleven year suspension in porcelain production from the kilns of Jingdezhen.  This rebellion was the reason for the discontinuity in Chinese art Export porcelain in the 19th century.

This beautiful book, printed in Italy, is essential reading for any Chinese porcelain collector, since it explains the historical background against which the Chinese trade was conducted.