Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection was edited by Elizabeth A. Williams, contributions by Meredith Chilton, Antoinette Fay-Halle, Catherine Hess, Victoria Kastner and Elizabeth A. Williams.
MaryLou Boone's collection of French ceramics spans the reigns of some of France's most fascinating kings, from Louis XIII to Louis XVI, yet the collection is not one of royal vases and princely gifts, but rather, of wares for dining and taking tea, of porcelain frivolities, and of ceramics for the sickroom and the pharmacy. Mrs. Boone - a collector, scholar, and donor - has amassed the West Coast's finest collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French faience and soft-paste porcelain, objects that provide a unique view of French life and culture. Emphasizing the aesthetics of French ceramics and also its functionality, the book comprises over 130 collection entries, as well as essays on the collector, ceramics in 17th and 18th century France, French faience and its makers and French porcelain and its makers. Although originally created to emulate Asian porcelain, faience and soft-paste porcelain ultimately became distinctive and sought-after ceramics in their own right.
This book was created in celebration of the exhibition Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection at LACMA.
- 396 pages, 12 x 9 inches
- 432 illustrations, 431 in color