Catalogue of a Collection of Oriental Porcelain and Pottery: Lent for Exhibition by A.W. Franks

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G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode, 1878 - Porcelain, Asian - 246 pages
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Page 113 - ... like a datestone, telling him to put it into his mouth. No sooner had he tasted it than he became oblivious of hunger and thirst. After some time had elapsed, one of the players said : ' It is long since you came here you should go home now ! ' whereupon Wang Chih, proceeding to pick up his axe, found that its handle had mouldered into dust.
Page 239 - Occasionally five bats are found in combination. They symbolise the five blessings, namely, longevity, riches, peace, love of virtue, and a happy death. 19. — The eight trigrams, known as the Pa-kwa. "They consist of combinations of broken and entire lines, each differently placed. The entire lines represent the male, strong, or celestial element in nature, and the broken, the female, weak, or terrestrial. Each group has its own name, and even the dishes at a feast are arranged in accordance with...
Page xvii - Many other notices from travellers of the 14th and loth centuries might be cited. It was probably through Egypt that it reached Europe ; at any rate a present of porcelain vases was sent by the Sultan of Egypt in 1487 to Lorenzo de' Medici. To the Portuguese is no doubt due the first direct importation of Chinese wares into Europe, in which they were followed by the various India Companies of Holland, England, France, Sweden, &c. It maybe convenient shortly to describe the mode of making porcelain...
Page 233 - THE Dresden Collection of porcelain is probably the most ancient in Europe as far as the Oriental portion is concerned. According to its learned Director, Dr. Theodore Graesse, it was chiefly brought together by Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, between the years 1694-1705. These specimens were afterwards made use of to decorate the Dutch, or, as it was subsequently called, the Japanese, Palace. After being for many years stored away in the vaults of the Palace, they have...
Page 240 - While a magistrate of the district of Teh-hwa, he is said to have encountered Han Chung-le among the recesses of the Lu Shan, from whom he learnt the mysteries of alchemy and of the elixir of immortality. He was exposed to a series of temptations — ten in number — and having overcome them, was invested with a sword of supernatural power, with which he traversed the empire, slaying dragons and ridding the earth of divers kinds of evils for upwards of 400 years. His emblem is a sword (keen).
Page 235 - I propose, therefore, only to notice such as occur more commonly. SYMBOLS. [PLATES A, B.] The first to be noticed are the peculiar figures which have been termed symbols, and which are more usually found on Chinese than on Japanese porcelain. These symbols are generally eight in number, although the individual forms are apt to vary.
Page 242 - The fox (Chinese hu, Japanese kitsu-ne] is considered, especially in Japan, as a very mysterious animal. There are several wonderful legends concerning it in Mitford's
Page 8 - Lang family were a family of famous po'.ters who possessed the secret of this peculiar glaze and paste. They became extinct about the year 1610; and their pottery is highly esteemed, and fetches great prices at Pekin. The Chinese have never been able successfully to imitate this ware.
Page 240 - It is uncertain when he lived ; he was instructed in Taoist lore by Lao Tsze himself, who used to summon him to interviews in the celestial spheres. To do this his spirit had to leave his body, which he entrusted to the care of a disciple. On one occasion the disciple was summoned away, and when the disembodied spirit returned the body was gone.
Page 239 - The diagram here given is the oldest arrangement, in which they are supposed to be in connexion with the points of the compass, the north and south being, however, reversed, according to the Chinese system. For further particulars, see Mayers

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