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Collecting Japanese Antiques Hardcover – 14 Jan 2005

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (14 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804820945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804820943
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,117,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collecting Japanese Antiques provides background information on what makes Japanese aesthetics and art so different, as well as practical and cautionary advice on evaluation, purchase, restoration, and price trends. Investment guidelines brief new and would-be enthusiasts on the basics of collecting, while offering comments and guidance that might reawaken interest in experienced collectors. Striking photographs highlight the beauty and craftsmanship of the items.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x984c2708) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d20198) out of 5 stars lavish, comprehensive, informative antique guide 26 Jan. 2005
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not your typical collector's handbook listing objects and possibly briefly describing them and listing going prices. This coffee-table quality book with the title "Collecting Japanese Antiques" is a survey of Japanese art works and cultural items with sections of advice for collectors. The historical and cultural background on the different items favors what would be of interest to collectors. But it is also informative and relevant simply for its artistic, historical, and cultural material. Readers looking for concentrated information on Japanese art and culture accompanied by attractive color photographs would find this work exceptionally suitable. For the collectors it is meant for particularly, there's sections on "Tides and Trends in Collecting," guidance in developing collections of certain items (e. g., baskets), lists of artists, notable regions and schools for certain antiques, and especially desirable objects in certain categories. Seton also moves to the technical subjects of materials, production, and workmanship which are important for collectors not only in appreciating items and assessing their value, but in making a preliminary decision about their age and authenticity. Among Seton's 13 categories of antiques are screens and scrolls, ceramics, furniture, sculpture and metalwork, dolls, and tea ceremony utensils. Seton has lived in Japan since 1972, where he currently teaches Japanese art and poetry. In 1993, he founded the quarterly magazine "Daruma" to cover Japanese art and antiques; which he still edits. "Collecting Japanese Antiques" is a work any collector or lover of Japanese art and antique objects will want for sound education and easy reference, and at times for enjoyably looking at the numerous color photos of the varied Japanese objects.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d201f8) out of 5 stars Best introduction to Japanese antiques in print 6 July 2006
By David B. Searles II - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you love Japanese antiques, you cannot live without this survey, with superb photography, spectacular taste, ecclectic choice, and scholarly background by the editor of Daruma magazine. All of the major collectible fields are covered with practical, informative text, and beautifully photographed select finds. The photographic choices are representative, varied and exquisite. Not merely an introduction, the work serves as a springboard to understanding and appreciating many of the accessible antiques from the Edo and Meiji periods in particular. If the book had an index of marks for each type of collectible, it would be perfection. As-is, I like the book so much that I have bought extra copies for my friends, and a new copy when mine started to get worn.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d2036c) out of 5 stars Best Book About Japanese Antiques 18 Nov. 2004
By Markus Zenhaeusern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a real treasure. If you buy just one book about Japanese art and antiques, this is it. Its presentation, descriptions and explanations are excellent. Reading this book is learning and pleasure at the same time.

I know the author personally and one can really see in this book his love and dedication to Japanese art.

For everybody who wants to learn more about Japanese art and antiques I strongly recommend the magazine "Daruma" which is edited by Alistair Seton.

Markus Zenhaeusern, Kobe, Japan
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HASH(0x97d2060c) out of 5 stars Collecting Japanese Antiques 12 Mar. 2011
By H. E. Halac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An excellent, broad but not deep, coverage of a wide range of Japanese antiques. Good initial look for the beginning collector of orientalia.
HASH(0x97d17eb8) out of 5 stars What a wonderful insight into arts of Japan 30 Mar. 2015
By Maureen Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a wonderful insight into arts of Japan. With simple explanations about the history and culture of Japan and the influences of China and Korea this is a most comprehensive book about Japanese antiques. A good reference for the would be collector. Couldn't put it down.
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