Collecting Japanese Antiques

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From the time Japan started trading with the West in the sixteenth century, Japanese arts and crafts have intrigued and delighted Westerners, especially lacquer, screens, swords and porcelain.

Collecting Japanese Antiques is an excellent overview of the uniquely Japanese aesthetic and how it relates to Japanese culture. Antique hunters will benefit from the practical and cautionary advice in this book; newcomers will appreciate information on the basics of collecting Japanese ...

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Overview

From the time Japan started trading with the West in the sixteenth century, Japanese arts and crafts have intrigued and delighted Westerners, especially lacquer, screens, swords and porcelain.

Collecting Japanese Antiques is an excellent overview of the uniquely Japanese aesthetic and how it relates to Japanese culture. Antique hunters will benefit from the practical and cautionary advice in this book; newcomers will appreciate information on the basics of collecting Japanese antiques; while other sections might reawaken interest in experienced collectors. Beautiful photographs throughout make this book a must for collectors and lovers of Japanese art.

Chapters include:

  • Japan's Art Heritage
  • Collecting for Fun and with Wisdom
  • Screens and Scrolls
  • Ukiyo-e and Other Prints
  • Sagemono
  • Ceramics
  • Furniture
  • Textiles
  • Lacquerware
  • Cloisonne
  • Sculpture and Metalwork
  • Swords and Armor
  • Tea Ceremony Utensils
  • Dolls
  • Flower Baskets
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805311226
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 937,373
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alistair Seton graduated from Oxford University and Aberdeen College of Education before moving to Japan in 1972. He is a professor at Tezukayama Gakuin University, and lives in Kobe with his family.

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Table of Contents

Japan's Art Heritage Collecting
1. Furniture
2. Screens and Scrolls
3. Prints and Ukiyo-e
4. Ceramics
5. Tea Ceremony Items
6. Cloisonn+
7. Sculpture and Buddhist Art
8. Lacquer
9. Sagemono
10. Textiles
11. Dolls
12. Swords and Sword Fittings
13. Metalwork
14. Ainu, Masks, Baskets, and Other Items
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    comprehensive, authoritative collector's guide

    This is not your typical collector's handbook listing objects and possibly briefly describing them and listing going prices. This coffee-table quality book with the title 'Collecting Japanese Antiques' is a survey of Japanese art works and cultural items with sections of advice for collectors. The historical and cultural background on the different items favors what would be of interest to collectors. But it is also informative and relevant simply for its artistic, historical, and cultural material. Readers looking for concentrated information on Japanese art and culture accompanied by attractive color photographs would find this work exceptionally suitable. For the collectors it is meant for particularly, there's sections on 'Tides and Trends in Collecting,' guidance in developing collections of certain items (e. g., baskets), lists of artists, notable regions and schools for certain antiques, and especially desirable objects in certain categories. Seton also moves to the technical subjects of materials, production, and workmanship which are important for collectors not only in appreciating items and assessing their value, but in making a preliminary decision about their age and authenticity. Among Seton's 13 categories of antiques are screens and scrolls, ceramics, furniture, sculpture and metalwork, dolls, and tea ceremony utensils. Seton has lived in Japan since 1972, where he currently teaches Japanese art and poetry. In 1993, he founded the quarterly magazine 'Daruma' to cover Japanese art and antiques; which he still edits. 'Collecting Japanese Antiques' is a work any collector or lover of Japanese art and antique objects will want for sound education and easy reference, and at times for enjoyably looking at the numerous color photos of the varied Japanese objects.

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