The collection of Korean art in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest outside the Far East, containing rich holdings of early unglazed ceramics, celadon stonewares of the Koryo dynasty, punch'ong wares and porcelains of the Choson dynasty as well as items in glass, jade, bronze, brass, lacquer and wood. This catalogue, compiled by Yun Yong-i and edited by Regina Krahl, supplies detailed information on the artefacts and posits a dating system which will be useful to students and collectors of Korean art worldwide. The introductions to each type of ware represent important contributions to the subject. Essays on Korean culture and the technology of Korean ceramics set the works of art in historical context. The finest examples of each type of ware are represented in 32 pages of colour illustrations and over 450 black and white photographs show varied views of the specimens.
Yun Yong-i is a distinguished expert in Korean art. Regina Krahl is an independent researcher and specialist in Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean ceramics.
Foreword G. St G. M. Gompertz; Editor's preface Regina Krahl; Acknowledgements Duncan Robinson; Catalogue notes; Introduction: Korean culture and technology: Connoisseurs and artisans, a social view of Korean culture Martina Deuchler; The technology of Korean celadon wares Nigel Wood; Part I. Unglazed Ceramics: Introduction Youngsook Pak; Catalogue entries 1-9 Yun Yong-i; Part II. Celadon Stonewares of the Koryo Dynasty: Introduction Yun Yong-i; catalogue entries 10-148 Yun Yong-i; Part III. Punch'ong Wares and Porcelains of the Choson Dynasty: Introduction Younsook Pak; Catalogue entries 149-219 Yun Yong-i; Part IV. Various Works of Art: Introduction Youngsook Pak; Catalogue entries 220-233 Yun Yong-i; Concordances of accession and catalogue numbers; Table of reigns; Maps of kiln sites; Glossary of Korean terms; Bibliography.