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Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection

Oya Pancaroglu 

2010 International Book of the Year Award, Iran

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Chicago collector Harvey B. Plotnick has assembled what is generally regarded as the finest private collection of early Islamic ceramics in the world. From this truly outstanding collection—much admired by specialists in the field of Islamic art and connoisseurs alike—a selection of approximately 100 of the finest treasures ranging in date from early Abbasid Iraq to Ilkhanid Iran will, for the first time, be made available to a wider audience through this sumptuous catalogue, which accompanies a spring 2007 exhibition at the Art Institute. Perpetual Glory features an introductory essay and catalogue entries written by Oya Pancaroglu, Departmental Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Pancaroglu explains the exalted status that ceramics held in the medieval Islamic world; the developments of various techniques in ceramic production (including fritware, lusterware, and mina'i or enameled ware); and the singular importance of the Plotnick collection. Featured prominently here are lusterware vessels produced through an exacting process of glaze and paint applications and multiple firings that was a highly guarded secret of families of craftsmen in the renowned artistic center of Kashan, Iran.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2007 
9 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.; 160 pages; 140 illustrations 
ISBN: 978-0-300-11943-5