Japanese Art and Design | Victoria & Albert Museum | The Toshiba Gallery | Earle, Faulkner, Wilson, Kerr, Clunas | Paperback | 2000 | ISBN: 0-948107-65-0
Like the new gallery it commemorates, t his book presents the Japanese collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum for the first time in their 130 year history. A few publications in the past have featured on V&A’s Japanese ceramics, wood block prints or netsuke, but never before has the full range of material been systematically selected, reproduced and discussed.
The Museum’s superb Japanese holdings stem from the international exhibitions of the later nineteenth century and the great private collections formed in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth. Recently they have been extended by the purchase of several major pieces including contemporary works by leading artists. The result is an unrivalled panorama of Japan’s great achievements in the crafts from the earliest times, witch particular emphasis on ceramics, lacquers, textiles, prints and metalwork of the last four centuries.
This book, also generously sponsored by Toshiba, provides a record in over 120 color pages, with original and informative commentaries, of the first major Japanese gallery in Britain’s National Museum of Art and Design. Condition: Used, Very Good but slightly soiled. Dimensions: 8-1/2”w x 10-3/4”h x ¾”d.
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