The preparation of the needed volume has not been a voluntary undertaking with me. POTTERY AND PORCELAIN OF ALL TIMES AND NATIONS WITH TABLES OF FACTOEY AND AKTISTS' MAEKS FOE THE USE OF COLLECTOES By . What to collect and why, how to collect and classify, are questions asked by many, and answered only by European works, in French and English, which indeed answer the questions better than this does, but are unfortu- nately inaccessible to the American collector outside of our larger cities. The study of art will do little good to those who profess to admire this or that specimen, class, or style, only because other people say it is admirable. [A catalogue of the museum at Sevres, with colored illustrations of many hundred specimens of ceramic art and glass. Not to be relied on for ancient or American work.] Davillier (J. Prominent defects of this work are due to the lamentable fact that America possesses so few public collections of pottery and porcelain to which an author might from time to time refer. The limits of this volume have forbidden an extended notice of those fabrics, and I have only attempted a general classification by styles of pottery and decoration, as an aid to their study, indicating briefly the new and important light which they throw on the early history of Greek art. The tables of marks and monograms at the end of the volume are based on Mrs. Bury Palisser's Hand-book, in European departments, and on the Manual of Messrs. The compilation of these extensive dictionaries is the result of the labor of very many students whose works are mentioned in the list below. These superb works of luxury illustrate in colors some hundred specimens, many in full size of the originals.] Drake (W. The very idea of a book for these three classes of people might well ap- pall an author, looking at the vast extent of the subject. Those who are familiar with the art will appreciate the impossibility of bringing into one volume even a condensed sketch of its history for the general reader, much more a critical examina- tion of its products for the student, and a descriptive account of characteristics and marks for the use of the collector.
Mareschal are useful for reference, containing a large number of colored plates of ordinary wares of factories such as collectors are most likely to meet with.] Marryat (J.), History of Pottery and Porcelain. [The best English work on the general subject, to which we are indebted for much historical and descriptive matter.] Mayer (J.), On the Art of Pottery, with a History of its Progress in Liverpool. [Local history of Liverpool potteries.] Meteyard (Eliza), Life of Josiah Wedgwood.
D, NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS FRANKLIN SQUARE 1878 Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877, by HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. Ten years ago there were probably not ten collectors of Pottery and Porcelain in the United States. The exhibition in public museums of the fine works of ceramic art loaned by the few collectors who possessed them, revealed for the first time to the American public the wealth of beauty which is in " old china ;" and now in nearly every city, town, and village in the land more or less persons are " collecting." The need of a book of the kind which I have endeavored to make has been manifest for some time.
It was with extreme reluctance that I yielded to the urgent request of the publishers to make a book on Ceramic Art for American readers, students, and collectors.
In Phenician and archaic Greek work the Metro- politan Museum of Art in New York has become the richest institution in the world by the acquisition of the Cypriote Collection of General L. In Chinese and Japanese art, that museum has been happy in having for some time in the loan department the admirable selections from the collection of S. Avery, Esq., forming an illustrative exhibition not surpassed by any public or pri- vate collection elsewhere. Robert Hoe, Jr., has also been an important source of information.
In all other departments I have been compelled to rely on memories of Euro- pean cabinets, and on my own imperfect collection, which is occasionally referred to as the Trumbull-Prime collection, which name it bears in memory of its founder, who was, so far as I know, the first lady, and perhaps the first person, in America who made a special study of ceramic art.