I’ve been looking for this book set for over a year(at a reasonable price!) and this week the copies I picked up arrived. Published by the Nippon Bonsai Association in 1990 as a commemorative of an event, the two volume super deluxe set is entitled
“美術盆器:名品大成” which is “Bijutsu Bonki:Meihon Taisei”(forgive the translation if it’s incorrect!) or, in English “Beautiful Artworks of Pots and Vessels: Noteworthy Pieces of Distinction”.
These are super fantastic and really live up to their “super deluxe” billing: hard slipcovers, gold embossed cloth bindings….and they’re huge!
With hand for scale! 15″ by 11″.
The books are divided into famous pieces from China and Japan, and both contain appendices with Hanko and Rakkan from the pieces pictured throughout. Additionally, both books feature sections on famous Suiban, and Volume 2 also contains sections on noteworthy stands and tenpai.
Antique Chinese Pots and a couple of pretty decent junipers that have appeared in them.
If you have a chance(and the funds!)to pick up this set, I highly recommend it. Tough to find at a reasonable price though, as one acquaintance told me a while ago, they’re “rarer than hen’s teeth”! Indeed!