‘My Favourite Book on Asian Art’

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Book title: 'Brush and Clay: Chinese Porcelain of the Early 20th Century'

‘My Favourite Book on Asian Art’

Presentations by Five TAASA Members

The speakers and their favourite books are:

Iain Clark, independent researcher interested in late imperial and modern Chinese ceramics, Brush and Clay – Chinese Porcelain of the Early 20th Century by Simon Kwan et al, Urban Council, Hong Kong, 1990

Since 1980, Simon Kwan has charted a course for obsessive collectors like me and Brush and Clay: Chinese Porcelain of the Early 20th Century is a fine example of his work, to which I have returned repeatedly over many years for guidance and inspiration.


Melanie Eastburn, Senior Curator of Asian Art, AGNSW, 250 years of Japanese art by Roni Neuer, Herbert Libertson and Susugu Yoshida, Gallery Books, London, 1979

I bought this book for my mother (who wasn’t especially interested) when I was about 9 because I thought it was incredible. It doesn’t have the greatest reproductions but I still have it and am always excited when I see images in it that are in collections I now work with.


Yvett Klein, Asian Art specialist, Bonhams Australia, The Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual

Originally published in 1679, this classic manual on Chinese painting, has inspired many practitioners. This copy belonged to Yvett’s grandfather.


Ross Langlands, Nomadic Rug Traders, TEXTILES OF INDONESIA – The Thomas Murray Collection, Thomas Murray Asiatica – Ethnographica, Mill Valley, California, 2021. This edition is one of the numbered edition of 300 presentation copies.

Tom Murray has been our close friend for more than 30 years and has shared his passion for Indonesian textiles and tribal sculpture of the Austronesian peoples. His collection of some 350 Indonesian textiles, assembled over four decades, is considered the finest in private hands and ranks with the very best institutional collections anywhere in the world. So many very rare and beautifully reproduced items are seldom displayed in one publication. Tom himself describes it as his life’s work.


Christina Sumner, The Fabric of India by Rosemary Crill (ed), V&A Publishing, London, 2015 (to co-incide with a major exhibition of the V&A’s own holdings).

This was a present from an archaeologist friend who saw and loved the Fabric of India exhibition in London. Knowing my abiding interest in India and its textiles, she bought the catalogue for me and carried it back to Sydney in her suitcase. Chapter 1 ‘Materials and Making’ is a fabulous source of detailed and practical information within a richly illustrated and culturally informative whole.

HOW TO BOOK: Please email Chris Manning bookings@taasa.org.au by 20 May. Please make you bookings and payments in advance.


1. By Direct Debit (“your name BOOKS” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card or Paypal on this website – see booking button on top right of this page


24 May, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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