The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (Paperback)

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Edmund de Waal's porcelain has been displayed in many museum collections around the world, and he has recently made an installation for the dome of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan, and studied English at Cambridge. He is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and lives in London with his family.

An Economist Book of the Year

Costa Book Award Winner for Biography

Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

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ISBN 9780312569372
Genre ART / Ceramics
Format Paperback
Pages 354
Publisher Date 2011-08-02 00:00:00.0
Publisher Picador USA
Copyright Year 2011
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 5.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.8 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Hidden Inheritance
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors De Waal, Edmund

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