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Oliver Impey and Malcolm Fairley with a contribution by Victor Harris
This volume introduces 161 examples from the greatest group of Meiji-period masterpieces in metal ever assembled, decorated in an astonishing variety of virtuoso techniques and drawing on a vast store of subject matter derived from Chinese and Japanese history, legend, and religion.
It includes a vast and hitherto unknown bronze incense-burner by Suzuki Chokichi (1848-1919), an exquisitely decorated elephant incense-burner by Shoami Katsuyoshi (1832-1908), a large group of iron pieces decorated in gold by the Komai family of Kyoto, and ornaments commissioned from leading artists by the Ozeki company.
Kano Natsuo (1828-98), the outstanding decorative metalworker of 19th century Japan, is represented by a table-screen in shibuichi, and there is another screen of Shoki the demon-queller, by his great contemporary Unno Shomin (1844-1915).
The sculptural highlight of the entire Collection is a group by Otake Norikuni (b. 1852) representing the deity Susanoo no Mikoto receiving the sacred jewel.
The late Dr Oliver Impey was formerly Senior Curator at the Ashmolean Museum, and Reader in Japanese Art, University of Oxford. Co-editor of 'Meiji No Takara - The Khalili Collection of Japanese Art' and the author of many books.
Malcolm Fairley is formerly of Sotheby's and Barry Davies Oriental Art; he is now owner of Malcolm Fairley Ltd. - Japanese Works of Art in London. Co-editor of 'Meiji No Takara - The Khalili Collection of Japanese Art' and an expert on all aspects of Meiji period art.
Victor Harris is formerly Keeper at the Department of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum whose field is Japanese metalwork and in particular the arts of the Japanese sword. His many publications include 'Japanese Imperial Craftsmen - Meiji Art from the Khalili Collection'.
Set of two parts; 500 pages; fully illustrated in colour
40 x 30 cm
hardback with slipcase
£300 (including Selected Essays)
$600 (including Selected Essays)