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Folio, red boards (hardcover), gilt letters, 248 pp + 37 plates. Near-Fine in a Near-Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: The Grammar of Japanese Ornament combines in one large-format volume a selection of the finest examples of oriental ornamentation in a range of media; lacquer, carving, metalwork, embroidery, enamel, pottery, textiles, encrusted work, painting and drawing. For hundreds of years, with ready access to such exotic materials as mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, coral, ivory and colored woods, generations of Japanese craftsmen working under the patronage of the great feudal Daimios or overlords, free from all cares and supplied with all the necessities of life, unhurriedly exercised their highly cultivated minds and artistic skills with marvelous patience and ingenuity to form the most intricate ornamentation on sword guards, vases, perfume burners, netsuke and other items. Until the Revolution in 1868 that suppressed the feudal system and transformed the political economy of Japan, Japanese art was almost completely unknown in the West. As trade links were formed, interest grew, and Thomas W. Cutler, a fellow of the Architectural Association, published in 1880 his Grammar of Japanese Ornament and Design. This was followed in 1882 by George Ashdown Audsley's The Ornamental Arts of Japan. Audsley was an architect and scholar who lectured at the Architectural Association in London. He recognized the Japanese craftsman's love of the common production of nature... *This large volume will require additional funds for international shipping.
Title: The Library of Design, The Grammar of Japanese Ornament. Introduction by Charles Newton, Department of Design, Prints and Drawings, Victoria and Albert Museum, London..
Location Published: New York: Arch Cape Press, (1990).
Seller ID: 10017gcs