Ceramics from Islamic Lands

Ceramics from Islamic Lands

(In association with The al-Sabah Collection Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum)
  1. Oliver Watson
  • ISBN 9780500976340
  • 27.60 x 21.90 cm
  • Paperback
  • 512pp
  • With over 900 colour illustrations
  • First published 2006
  • Distributed on behalf of The al-Sabah Collection
‘Provides a new framework for the understanding of Islamic ceramics … a definitive work’ – Antiques Magazine

Islamic pottery is one of the hidden treasures of world ceramics. However, its full breadth and diversity has often been overshadowed by the legacy of China and Europe although Islamic pottery cedes nothing to these great traditions in beauty or technical inventiveness.

This richly illustrated work, now available in paperback, presents a comprehensive history of the subject. It is a catalogue of the al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait – one of the few truly great collections in private hands, and one that is well able to portray the unfolding story of Islamic pottery over its thousand-year history.

Here are detailed descriptions of over 400 individual objects grouped in geographical and chronological sequence, accompanied by over 900 colour photographs. Most pieces are published here for the first time, but a number of breathtaking items from old collections are rescued from obscurity and made accessible again.

Clear, informative essays trace the history of Islamic ceramics from the eighth century AD to the heights of refinement in sixteenth and seventeenth century Turkey and Iran, to the destructive impact of nineteenth century industrialization.

This important volume will appeal to the interested general reader, as well as becoming an invaluable reference work for the student and specialist.

Dr. Oliver Watson, formerly Chief Curator of the Department of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is an expert on Islamic pottery, on which he has written extensively.

Also published in association with The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Splendors of the Ancient East
Glass from Islamic Lands
Carpets from Islamic Lands
Al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization
Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals