A Lacquer Legacy at Kew: The Japanese Collection of John J. Quin
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2001 - Art - 100 pages
Like the attics of deceased and distant relatives, reference collections may conceal treasures seldom seen, often unvalued, and perhaps even forgotten about altogether. Although on public view with little interruption since 1847, the Economic Botany Collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew continue to startle. Among them are samples of Japanese lacquer specially collected by John Quin in the 1880s under commission from Kew. This book reproduces his original 1882 report and illustrates the beauty, variety and techniques of the art of lacquer at the time. There is far more to tell of: the opening of Japan in the mid-Nineteenth Century and the rush there of the curious and adventurous; the role of Kew at the height of Britain's imperial power; the place of a poisonous tree sap in Japanese culture; and the man himself, a clergyman's son from Ireland, who devoted his diplomatic career to a life in Japan."
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Aidzu applied with cotton article set ashes and oil bamboo black lacquer branch lacquer camellia charcoal camphor Class coating of branch coating of Shitamaki coating of transparent coating of Yoshino coloured lacquers cotton wool crude lacquer Deans Grange Cemetery deer's-horn ashes dry for twelve finished gamboge glue gold dust ground smooth Hakodate Hinoki hirame horn ashes incisions Japan Japanese Jino-ko kind Kioto LACQUER INDUSTRY lacquer tree lampblack magnolia charcoal manufacture Marianne North Medicine-box mixed mixture Nashiji Number of specimens obtained pattern plants polished Polished with deer's-horn Polished with powdered-whetstone powdered-whetstone and oil Quin Quin's raised gold lacquer raised lacquer red lacquer red Shunkei Rhus Round tray rubbed Sabi Second coating Seshime set to dry Shitamaki lacquer Shunkei silver soft paper spatula surface tapping thin coating Togi-dashi Tokio Tsuga twelve hours urushiol varnish tree Vide Pamphlet whetstone white whetstone William Hooker wiped wood workman Yoshino lacquer yoshino-nobe lacquer