Journal Article

European collectors and Japanese merchants of lacquer in ‘Old Japan’

Monika Bincsik

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 217-236
Published in print November 2008 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online August 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhn013
European collectors and Japanese merchants of lacquer in ‘Old Japan’

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During the Meiji period, following the opening of Japan's borders to foreign trade, not only did the Japanese lacquer trading system and the market undergo a marked change but so too did almost all the factors affecting collecting activities: the European reception of the aesthetics and history of Japanese lacquer art, the taste of the collectors, the structure of private collections, the systematization of museum collections, along with changes in the art canon in the second half of the nineteenth century. The patterns of collecting Japanese lacquer art in the second half of the nineteenth century cannot be understood in depth without discussing shortly its preliminaries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, focusing also on the art historical reception of Japanese lacquer in Europe. Supplementary material relating to this article in the form of a list of dealers and distributors of lacquer in Japan during the Meiji period (1868–1912) is available at http://www.jhc.oxfordjournals.org/.

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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