Collecting Japanese Antiques

Collecting Japanese Antiques

by Alistair Seton
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Collecting Japanese Antiques by Alistair Seton

Collecting Japanese Antiques is an excellent overview of the uniquely Japanese aesthetic and how it relates to Japanese culture.

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.

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. Striking photographs throughout make this art and antiques 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784805311226
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2010
Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alistair Seton graduated from Oxford University and Aberdeen College of Education, and spent five years in Arab and West African countries (where he was also a collector) before coming to Japan in 1972. Since then, he has taught at various universities and was a guest lecturer for eight years at Kobe University. He is a professor at Tezukayama Gakuin University. In 1993 he founded and still edits Daruma, a quarterly magazine on Japanese antiques and art. In addition to several books on drama, songs, and Japanese vocabulary, he is the author of Igezara Printed China, the first study of non-handpainted Japanese porcelain. He lives in Kobe with his university professor wife and two children.

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Collecting Japanese Antiques 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
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.