Catalogue


Japanese export lacquer : 1580-1850 /
Oliver Impey, Christiaan Jörg.
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Amsterdam : Hotei, c2005.
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384 p. : col. ill., maps ; 33 cm.
ISBN
907482272X
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Amsterdam : Hotei, c2005.
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907482272X
catalogue key
5879197
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-374) and index.
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Presenting a full treatment of lacquerware made to European demand, this work describes its transportation and the lacquer market in Europe as well as the effect of lacquer and its use in a European context.
Long Description
Japanese export lacquer 1580-1850 is the first full treatment of lacquerware made to European demand, its transportation and the lacquer market in Europe as well as the effect of lacquer and its use in a European context. Trading patterns and its use are described in detail, based on the documentary evidence of Europeans in the Far East, on notes kept by the Portuguese in Japan, on the important and comprehensive archives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and to a lesser extent and for a shorter period, of the English Honourable East India Company, as well as on contemporary comments and inventories within Europe.
Long Description
Japanese export lacquer exerted an influence on European art and decoration quite out of proportion to its physical presence in Europe. The vast amounts shipped from Japan -- mainly in three stages (1590s-1640, 1639-93, 1800-40s) -- demonstrate the need for the study of this beautiful material.
Unpaid Annotation
Japanese export lacquer exerted an influence on European art and decoration quite out of proportion to its physical presence in Europe. The vast amounts shipped from Japan -- mainly in three stages (1590s-1640, 1639-93, 1800-40s) -- demonstrate the need for the study of this beautiful material. Japanese export lacquer is the first full treatment of lacquerware made to European demand, its transportation and the lacquer market in Europe as well as the effect of lacquer and its use in a European context. Trading patterns and its use are described in detail, based on the documentary evidence of Europeans in the Far East, on notes kept by the Portuguese in Japan, on the important and comprehensive archives of the Dutch East India Company and to a lesser extent and for a shorter period, of the English Honourable East India Company, as well as on contemporary comments and inventories within Europe. Full use is made of the sparse Japanese documentation of the trade, only available for the period 1709-11and the early nineteenth century. Reference is also made to additional records kept by American ships' captains and supercargoes from Massachusetts. While the Portuguese seem to have regarded Japanese lacquer as mainly suitable for use as grand gifts, particularly within the Habsburg family network, it is surprising how much of the lacquer for the Portuguese market (the so-called Namban lacquer) survives in Europe, testifying to extensive (undocumented) private trade, as well as the orders of the Society of Jesus. The Dutch used lacquer as gifts and for trade. The English Company never traded in lacquer but was involved in many private transactions. The inter-Asian markets were vital to theDutch, particularly where lacquer was regarded as suitable for gifts to Oriental potentates. This is well documented and descriptions of orders for lacquer elephant howdahs and carrying chairs inform us of what has been lost. Th
Table of Contents
Notes to the Readerp. 7
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
The Trade in Lacquerp. 17
Japan and the Westp. 17
The Portuguese in Japanp. 18
The Spanish in Japanp. 19
The English in Japan, 1613-23p. 19
The Dutch in Japanp. 21
The VOC - A brief description of the Companyp. 21
The VOC in Japan - The Hirado periodp. 22
The VOC in Japan - The Deshima periodp. 23
The VOC in Japan - The nineteenth centuryp. 26
The official Dutch trade in lacquerp. 27
Sales in the Netherlandsp. 29
Business contacts between the Dutch and Japanesep. 30
Private Dutch trade in lacquerp. 35
The seventeenth centuryp. 35
The early eighteenth centuryp. 46
The late eighteenth centuryp. 48
The nineteenth centuryp. 57
Competition with Chinap. 63
French imports of Japanese lacquer via China in the eighteenth centuryp. 65
Attempts to undercut the marketp. 66
The Objectsp. 75
Materialsp. 75
Styles, chronology and qualitiesp. 77
Sixteenth to eighteenth centuriesp. 77
The Namban stylep. 77
'Namban' Portuguese figures on domestic lacquerp. 81
The Transition periodp. 83
The Pictorial stylep. 84
The Fine groupp. 85
Late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuriesp. 96
The Kyoto-Nagasaki stylep. 96
The Nagasaki stylep. 97
Shapes and patternsp. 97
Sixteenth to eighteenth centuriesp. 97
Shapes of which no example is known, but which can be describedp. 206
Late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuriesp. 209
Evidence of Tradep. 233
The Portuguese and Spanish in Japan, 1543-1639p. 233
Portugalp. 233
Spainp. 235
The English in Japanp. 236
The Dutch in Japanp. 240
Batavia and the Netherlandsp. 241
The trade in Namban lacquer, 1602-16p. 242
The trade in lacquer, 1634-51p. 245
The trade in lacquer, 1658-93p. 248
Indiap. 251
Siam and Cambodiap. 264
Siamp. 264
Cambodiap. 265
Documentation from Japanp. 266
The customs records of Nagasakip. 266
Lacquer worker Sasayap. 267
The Asada workshop papers of 1856 and other drawingsp. 267
Evidence of Reception and Use in Europep. 283
The identification of Japanese lacquer in early recordsp. 283
The reception of Japanese lacquer: Portugal and Spainp. 283
The reception of Japanese lacquer: Italy, Austria and Francep. 287
The reception of Japanese lacquer: Northern Europep. 288
Function and appreciationp. 288
Documented collectionsp. 304
Italy and Francep. 304
Englandp. 305
Germanyp. 307
The Netherlandsp. 313
Denmark and Swedenp. 319
USAp. 324
Japanese lacquer in European paintingp. 328
Japanningp. 336
Price Ranges in VOC facturenp. 349
The Siamese Embassy to France of 1686p. 351
Glossaryp. 355
Collections and Salesp. 357
Route Mapsp. 361
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 375
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