This beautiful and authoritative volume celebrates the rich variety and fine craftsmanship of some of the best examples of traditional Japanese chests. Over 150 photographs illustrate the styles, the regional differences, the unusual workmanship and the materials used in their production. The text covers a wide range of topics, from the origins and evolution of the chests and the effects of local culture on their design to the importance of sea chests and the channels that led to their distribution to locations around the country. The book also features detailed explanations of the materials and finishes, with an emphasis on traditional Japanese lacquer and the metal fittings reminiscent of armor.
Author Kazuko Koizumi brings her expertise and passion for her subject to Traditional Japanese Chests, making it both an essential reference for the serious collector, furniture maker or interior designer, as well as a source of enjoyment for the reader who just wants to learn more about these magnificent pieces.
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About the Author
KAZUKO KOIZUMI has been a leading scholar of traditional furniture for decades and is credited with almost single-handedly reviving study in the field. She has written more than 50 books and numerous research papers in Japanese and lectures extensively. Koizumi has also been a founder of museums that collect and exhibit valuable and rare traditional Japanese furniture. Her previous book in English, Traditional Japanese Furniture, was published by Kodansha International in 1986.