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The white road : journey into an obsession

Author: Edmund De Waal
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted"--
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Edmund De Waal; Edmund De Waal
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund De Waal
ISBN: 9780374289263 0374289263 9780374709099 0374709092 9781250097323 1250097320
OCLC Number: 911255314
Description: 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Jingdezhen, Venice, Dublin --
Part one: Jingdezhen. On shards --
Sorry --
Mount Kao-ling --
Making and decorating and glazing and firing --
How to make big pots --
Obligations --
Factory #72 --
Counterfeit. Forgery. Sham --
Ten thousand things --
The monk's cap ewer --
I read everything. I understand. Continue --
Setting out --
Men in black --
The emperor's tea set --
Part two: Versailles, Dresden. The latest news from china --
The porcelain pavilion --
Cream-coloured, provincial, and opaque --
Opticks --
The first mode of formation --
Gifts and promises and titles --
The shuffle of things --
A path, A vocation --
Extraordinarily curious --
There is no gold --
"Double, or even triple, amount of effort" --
Promises, promises --
Half translucent and milk white, like a narcissus --
The invention of Saxon porcelain --
Porcelain rooms, porcelain cities --
Part three: Plymouth. The birth of English porcelain --
Three scruples make a dram --
A Quaker! A Quaker! A Quirl! --
A greater rain --
Covering the ground --
Shillings, pebbles, or buttons --
Letters edifying and curious --
Readily stained in use --
china earth --
A shard, which, by leave, he sometimes broke --
Silences --
Tregonning Hill --
Brighter in white objects --
Thoughts of whiteness --
Part four: Ayoree Mountain, Etruria, Cornwall. An idea of perfect porcelain --
Ayoree Mountain C.F. --
On Englishness --
Endings, beginnings --
A cunning specification --
Gray's Elegy --
A journey into Cornwall --
Thoughts concerning emigration --
A road trip --
1790 --
Part five: London, Jingdezhen, Dachau. Sign & wonders --
1919 --
Red labour --
Bright earth, fired earth --
What whiteness, what candor --
Allach --
False sail --
Correct in orientation --
Another witness --
The Boehm Porcelain Co. of Trenton, New Jersey --
Coda: London, New York, London --
Breathturn.
Responsibility: Edmund de Waal.
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"An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted"--

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