This impressive book is more then a catalogue raisonné of the world famous collection assembled by British diplomat Sir Michael Butler; it is the history of 17th – century Chinese porcelain told and illustrated by his comprehensive collection.
Leaping the Dragon Gate is a dizzyingly ambitious book that catalogues and contextualizes over 800 pieces of Chinese porcelain acquired by the passionate collector the late Sir Michael Butler since 1961.
“this new bilingual book… adds another dimension to the existing literature. It provides both a systematic study of the collection and places it within a framework of existing seventeenth century pieces around the world …. A wonderful reference work for ceramic enthusiasts” – The Oriental Ceramics Society Newsletter, no. 30, May 2022, by Jessica Harrison-Hall
“This handsome volume has been a monumental undertaking… .and fulfils two distinct purposes. It is at once a tribute to Sir Michael Butler while also providing a very scholarly catalogue raisonné of his collection… Beautifully produced, lavishly illustrated….fully bilingual” – Arts of Asia, Autumn, 2022, by Rosemary Scott
“Books such as this provide a firm, scholarly basis for our future understanding of this specialist field of ceramic history, affirming the place of the Butler Collection in the global history of collecting Chinese ceramics.” The Burlington Magazine, July 2022, by Helen Glaister.
“This is a landmark for the field and an extraordinary tribute to (Sir Michael’s) work” May, 2022, Mike Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman, Dept. of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum, New York
“magisterial and scholarly… ….one must salute the range, breadth, and aspiration of the book, which will surely stand as a standard reference work for years to come, as well as a recognition of one man’s contribution to the field.”—Orientations, March/April 2022, by Rose Kerr, former Keeper of the Far Eastern Dept. V&A Museum
“The book brings a wealth of new research .. . and by comparison to a huge database of dated porcelains assembled and published in the book.” — Asian Art Newspaper, December 2021
“a fitting memorial,remarkable,this is the place to learn the meaning of the subjects and stories painted on porcelain” — Country Life , December 2021, Huon Mallaieu
“Over the course of 50 years, the keen-eyed diplomat Michael Butler built up the largest collection of 17th-century Chinese porcelain in the world.”—Apollo, November 2021, by Susan Moore