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EAST ASIAN LACQUER: THE FLORENCE AND HERBERT IRVING COLLECTION. James C.Y. Watt and Barbara Brennan Ford. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991. Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. 400 pp. with 373 ills. (349 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 91-22739 ISBN 0810964066 In English.
A thorough overview of an important form of East Asian decorative art that has been little studied in the West, this catalogue showcases a prominent private collection of lacquerware created in the four major areas of its production (China, Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands), documenting in clear photographs and descriptive commentaries a stylistically diverse selection of 178 elegant bowls, boxes, trays and other objects dating primarily from the medieval period. An introductory discussion of the development and forms of lacquer art is supplemented with comparative scholarly analyses of the history and techniques of lacquerware production in each of the four regions represented.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional)
Plans: 01,06,07,08,17,21
Worldwide Number: 023329
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