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Japan: its architecture, art, and art manufactures

Japan: its architecture, art, and art manufactures

Dresser, Christopher, author

Educated at the Government School of Design (predecessor of the Royal College of Art), Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) became arguably the first industrial designer, identified by his name on his work. He was an early proponent of oriental art: as a leading figure in the Aesthetic Movement, he promoted Japonism in art and decoration. In 1876–7 he toured Japan at the Japanese government's invitation, investigating local manufacturing and design. This beautifully illustrated 1882 work is the result. The first half is a travelogue of Dresser's time in Japan, written with a designer's eye for the architecture and decoration around him. The second half, covering the various ways in which design and decoration were used in the manufacturing industries, includes consideration of architectural motifs, the importance of symbols, lacquerware, ceramics, metalware, and fabric production. This remains an invaluable resource for the student of Japanese art and design

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Christopher Dresser
ISBN: 9781108080613, 9781316136454
Note: Originally published in London by Longmans, Green in 1882.
Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 06 Jun 2016).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xi, 467 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Series: Cambridge library collection. East and South-East Asian history
Subject: Art, Japanese.; Dresser, Christopher Travel Japan.; Japan Description and travel.; Decorative arts Japan.; Architecture Japan.
Series Title: Cambridge library collection.