The White Road is acclaimed author and artist Edmund de Waal’s intimate journey in search of porcelain, a substance he has been obsessed with for most of his life. It is a journey across continents that begins in Jingdezhen, China and embraces Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the English south-west. For centuries, porcelain has transfixed emperors and alchemists, philosophers, craftsmen and collectors, all eager to decode the secret of ‘white gold’. De Waal’s pilgrimage of sorts leads him to a more profound understanding of the material he has worked with for decades, and chronicles the alchemy, art, wealth, craft and purity of porcelain. It is the unbroken story of a global obsession.
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Which town is known as the ‘porcelain capital’ of China?
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For our last competition prize we offered Rodin, by Raphael Masson and Véronique Mattiussi (Musée Rodin and Flammarion, £19.95).
In which year did the Musée Rodin open at the Hôtel Biron in Paris, the artist’s former home?