Pressure exerted by America in 1854 caused Japan to open its doors after 260 years of isolation. Virtually uninhabited receptiveness to everything Western was the driving force behind the modernisation of Japan initiated by the Meiji govenment, yet it also induced a rapid rediscovery of indigenous cultural values. At early Paris and London international exhibitions, the Japanese decorative and applied arts sparked off the the Western fascination with all things Japanese - japonisme. In Japan, on the other hand, new technologies were eagerly adopted - the government realised that increasing production for export would be an excellent means of promoting Japanese economic growth and thus enhancing Japan's status worldwide. Meiji Ceramics represents the first detailed survey of the development of Japanese export porcelain against a highly charged background of political, economic and cultural factors. Stylistic development in Japanese ceramics did not mean one-sided Westernisation; instead, inspiration went both ways, most notably in the impact made by Japanese art on Art Nouveau and, ultimately, the Japanese aesthetic response to it.
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Buchbeschreibung Arnoldsche Art Publishers Mrz 2004, 2004. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 30x23x cm. Neuware - The author examines the Histroy of Japanese export porcelain in the Meiji era in the context of political, economic and cultural developments and with special emphasis on stylistic influence from the West. The more than 150 illustrations reproduce major items made in all the main centres of ceramics production, including Arita, Kutani, Kyoto, Satsuma, Seto and Tokyo, by a wide variety of artist-craftsmen, among them Ito Tozan, Kanzan Denshichi, Kinkozan Sobei, Miyagawa Kozan, Seifu Yohei, Taizan Yohei and Yabu Neizan. The domestic market and national exhibitions, leading craftsmen, manufacturers and trading companies, inscriptions and marks are the subject of appendices. A detailed chronology, a glossary and a bibliography complete this first-ever comprehensive account of Japanese export ceramics in the Meiji era. 360 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9783897901971