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A Discerning Eye

The Walter C. Koerner Collection of European Ceramics

Carol E. Mayer. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

“With glorious colour photography, Mayer’s book studies some 200 pieces. The result is a valuable documentation of the evolution of style and techniques within the ceramics field.” —Ceramic Review

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A lavish celebration of one of the most exquisite collections of European ceramics in North America.

Book Description

A Discerning Eye highlights approximately two hundred functional and decorative wares from the Koerner Ceramics Gallery. From Italian Renaissance maiolica, still considered by many to be the pinnacle of European ceramic art; to Haban pottery created by Anabaptist craftsmen, which carries the history of religious faith and persecution; to delftware from Holland, which was inspired by the Chinese and Japanese porcelain that arrived on Dutch shores in the seventeenth century—the pieces featured in this volume document the evolution of style, technique, and culture.



  • Hardcover
  • 10 × 12 inches
  • 184 pages
  • 978-1-927958-18-6
  • $45 CAD
  • February 2015