Oriental Ceramic Art Illustrated by examples from the collection of W.T Walters

New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1897. 10 volumes, large folio. Mounted on guards throughout. Title and section titles in red and black.Mounted etched portrait frontispiece of Walters, 116 mounted chromolithographic plates by Louis Prang after James Callowhill and other, each preceded by a tissue guard with letterpress description, 437 black and white illustrations. Portfolios with original printed boards, silk wrappers, housed in five stone cloth boxes, green morocco labels. Item #17237

Limited edition of 500 copies of ``Perhaps the greatest tour de force in chromolithography ever executed. Each plate required from twenty to forty-four stones to print.' (Reese) ``The greatest test of Prang's skill as a lithographer was the monumental book Oriental Ceramic Art, which illustrated W.T.Walter's great collection of Oriental porcelains..Three artists, including James Callowhill, worked for seven years producing paintings of the porcelains from which the color lithographs were made. Each plate required from twenty to forty-four separate stones. An excerpt from the introduction of this work is of interest: "The plates in color with which this work is illustrated were made by Louis Prang of Boston. The work of every European house of importance was examined before Mr. Prang was asked to make lithographs of three pieces of porcelain of different colors - his immediate success determined the question, and when two years later some twenty of the plates were shown to French lithographers in Paris, their criticism was that the impressions had been fortified by color from the brush; they could not believe that work of such excellence could be produced by simple lithography. This very satisfactory opinion has been since confirmed by many lithographers, and it is conceded that these plates represent the highest type of work that has been produced in that branch of art." The text was by Dr. S.W.Bushell, a world authority on Oriental art. The books were published..in a limited Atlas Folio edition of five hundred copies priced at $500 for each set of ten volumes..Complete sets are in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland; the Free Library of Philadelphia; and the New York Public Library.' (Katharine M.McLinton The Chromolithographs of Louis Prang New York 1973, p. 136). William Thompson Walters, born in Liverpool, England, played an important part in the railroad development of the Southern States and was a keen collector of objects of art. His son, Henry Walters (1848-1931), added to his father's collections of art and established the Walters Art Gallery, which he bequeathed, with an endowment, to the city of Baltimore Bennett, p. 109; McLinton The Chromolithographs of Louis Prang p.136; Marzio The Democratic Art p.115; Reese Stamped with a National Character 103 Book # 2737.

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