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Ceramics

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The art of ceilings and domes—a book on where to see them

Almost a travel guide, this publication illustrates the great art to be found around the world, so long as you look up

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Sidney Knafel's collection of French 16th- to 18th-century faïence promised to the Frick Collection

The collector's collection of 75 magnificent pieces

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Renaissance prints as sources of images for maiolica and bronze reliefs

The interactions of Renaissance drawing, printing and ceramics

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Potty about pictures: ancient Athenian vases are an important historical resource—but this book fails to deliver

Large gaps in the material and a lack of thorough explanation make this volume less useful than it could be

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Exhibitions

Los Angeles’s David Kordansky Gallery gives Betty Woodman her first retrospective in years

The posthumous survey traces the artist’s trajectory, from classic pottery to wildly dramatic forms

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Art market

Object lessons: nature-inspired works by Axel Salto, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Giacomo Manzù

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art fairs

See the ‘holy grail’ of American porcelain at New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

The 18th-century punch bowl was unearthed during an archaeological dig in Philadelphia

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Ceramics

East Londoners to help artist Aaron Angell build capital’s first public gas-fired kiln

Ceramicist says project will give local young adults and artists new insights into ceramics practice

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Conservation & Preservation

Reconstruction: V&A detectives crack Meissen mystery

3D scanning of 19th-century copy provides missing parts needed to piece together 1740s porcelain fountain

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Maiolica explained through the world’s greatest collection of Renaissance decorative art

This book, linked to a current exhibition, explores the V&A’s unrivalled holdings

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Impressive publication on the anonymous 'RA' collection of Chinese porcelain

Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos' three-volume catalogue is painstakingly researched and beautifully presented

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Art market

Local collectors pick and choose in Chinese art and ceramics sales, with unsold lots increasing in key auctions

The days when buyers would pay top prices for any work seem to be over, as a maturing market becomes more selective and sensitive to change in the global economy

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Ceramics

As Au Bak Ling’s Chinese imperial ceramics go on view, two experts discuss how excavations at kiln sites have affected our understanding of Chinese ceramics

Passionate about porcelain, Royal Academy, London from 17 November 1998

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Decorative arts

BBC and V&A collaborate on decorative arts programme

“Handmade in Britain”

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Art Basel

Beth Katleman re-conceives of the manufactured in carefully crafted ornaments at Art Basel 2011

Their outward naïveté hide subtle historical references beneath the surface

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Openings and expansions: Ceramics at the V&A

Over 3000 objects from 2500CB to the present day on display

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Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí tea set for V&A

Will be shown in Surreal Things exhibition next year

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Artist interview

Interview with Ruth Duckworth on her retrospective: “The older I get, the bigger my works and ideas become”

The ceramics grande dame thinks big

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The new domesticity in Contemporary art

Focus is on the decorative arts at Art Basel Miami Beach

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Books

Book review: 'English Pottery 1620-1840' is the harvest of a long and fruitful career:

Robin Hildyard’s book on English pottery is a fitting culmination of his distinguished V&A curatorship

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Sotheby's

Decorative arts today: Where to find that coffee-filter ballgown

Contemporary applied crafts on show at Sotheby’s

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Art market

Christie’s Picasso sale saw prices soar; but the highest-priced lots were the least desired

Most of the unsold lots were high-value items unlikely to attract new buyers

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Alhambra

Serious doubts about “Alhambra” vase sold at Drouot for E3.6 million

Big price, big fake?

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Art market

The sale of Chinese porcelain triumphed during Asia Week

Excellent results for an exemplary group of Chinese porcelain

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Art fairs

New York Ceramics Fair 2001 hits upon winning formula as dealers elated by sales

Collectors defy mini-blizzard

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Fakes & copies

Ming and Qing Chinese ceramics: A flood of fakes from Jingdezhen

Forgers reportedly work to order from Sotheby’s catalogues

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Books: Hilary Young, English porcelain, 1745-95

Identifying the common circumstances behind the 18th-century ceramics industry

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Ceramics

Two new books examine ceramics from different points of view

One is a technical and stylistic analysis; the other a cultural critique. Both are well worth a read

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Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff collectors unite

A record-breaking sale and a forthcoming exhibition at Stoke-on-Trent

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Art fairs

A marked improvement at Grosvenor House and Olympia

Collectors from all over the world turned up with lots of money and confidence—and so did the British

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Ceramics: Blue and white, all right!

A round-up of some recent books on porcelain, pottery and delftware

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Colonial art

“Converging Cultures: art & identity in Spanish America”: a much anticipated exhibition

Four years late, the major show of Spanish colonial art and culture reveals the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru produced during Spanish dominion

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Exhibitions

V&A exhibition proves Wedgwood has gone to pot

The current exhibition highlights just how weak the products of the modern company are

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Updated Getty Museum illustrated catalogue

Charissa Bremer-David et al Decorative Arts: an illustrated summary catalogue of the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum

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Anthony van der Woerd Shaw and Copestake: the Collector’s Guide to early SylvaC 1894-1939

Illustrating the factory’s output from 1894 to the late 1930s

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Useful dealers' survey responds to market interest in 19th-century ceramics

Outside the canon, but now bought by US Arab and Japanese collectors