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PHILON, HELEN - Early Islamic Ceramics

Athens and London, Islamic Art Publications. 1980, First Edition. Cloth (Hardcover], 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book, xviii, 323, (1) pp, 32 coloured plates plus 645 black and white illustrations. A sumptuous publication . Superbly illustrated. foreword by Angelos Delivorias, preface by Ernst J. Grube, an essay on the inscriptons by Manijeh Bayani - Wolpert, a technical note by R. E. Jones, color and b/w photographs by Vanessa Stamford, drawings by Vanessa Stamford, bibliography, index. catalogue of early Islamic pottery in the Benaki Museum presents a comprehensive description of a remarkable collection viewed in the context of its historical background. Helen Philon has brought great insight and scholarship to her exhaustive treatment of this hitherto unpublished material, which merits the attention of the wider interested public as well as the specialist. Formed almost entirely in Egypt at the turn of the century by the discerning and enlightened Antony Benaki, the collection contains objects of great beauty and historical significance as well as a number of fragmentary pieces which reveal important information under the penetrating examination which Mrs. Philon brings to her study. Particularly in the area of Fatimid lustre painted ceramics does the author shed new light on the problems of dating and development of style, and her treatment of the polychrome and monochrome lustre. A very good copy indeed. Very Good/Fine.
EUR 58.00 [Appr.: US$ 58.95 | £UK 49.25 | JP¥ 7970] Book number 3790

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