East Asian Lacquer: Selections from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection

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Lacquer has long been one of the most intriguing arts of East Asia but is surprisingly little understood in this country. Fortunately, the American collectors Florence and Herbert Irving have lovingly assembled a distinguished collection of East Asian lacquer that is particularly strong examples from the medieval period and in important but relatively unfamiliar types of lacquer.
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Overview

Lacquer has long been one of the most intriguing arts of East Asia but is surprisingly little understood in this country. Fortunately, the American collectors Florence and Herbert Irving have lovingly assembled a distinguished collection of East Asian lacquer that is particularly strong examples from the medieval period and in important but relatively unfamiliar types of lacquer.
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Library Journal
When the process of creating East Asian lacquerware is described as painstaking, the word is doubly valid in that the lacquer tree sap, laboriously collected, refined, and painted onto a wooden or fabric base in layers no thicker than .03 millimeters, is a toxic and irritating substance related to the active agent of poison ivy. Out of such an unpromising material Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Ryukyuan artisans have created a wealth of beautiful objects. Some 178 examples, drawn from a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ranging from cosmetic boxes to birdcages to various exquisite items of tableware, are superbly illustrated here with short explications by Watt, the museum's senior curator of Asian art, and associate curator Ford. A beautiful book; recommended for academic and larger public art collections.-- David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Booknews
Compiled to document the exhibition of some 180 treasures representing an extremely fragile medium, the study of which has lagged behind other aspects of Asian art, this catalog is at once an introduction, a comprehensive scholarly treatment, and an immersion in the pleasures of the art. Each object is discussed in detail and illustrated in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810964068
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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