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Traditional Japanese Furniture: A Definitive Guide

Koizumi, Kazuko

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ISBN 10: 087011722X / ISBN 13: 9780870117220
Published by Kodansha, NY, 1986
Condition: Very Good / PLUS Hardcover
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VG+ Book with New DJ, with new Mylar protection; price-clipped. /// The only thing preventing a MINT condition is a sticker (over former owner's name?) on front endpaper, with no damage to contents of book. Otherwise, Mint. // Clothbound hardcover, 223 pages, elegantly illustrated. Note: This copy and its Dustjacket are from an early printing of the First Edition. The DJ picture shown is different, but book is the same. Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 007719

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Title: Traditional Japanese Furniture: A Definitive...

Publisher: Kodansha, NY

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Cloth Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good / PLUS

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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Japanese furniture has a rich heritage dating back to the seventh century. Masterful craftsmanship and aesthetic sensitivity evolved with this furniture's long history. Yet, as with much that is Japanese, these pieces find virtue in restraint. The work is compelling yet sedate, with an understated simplicity distilled from a thousand years of knowledge and careful craftsmanship.

Though the West has long acknowledged the beauty and value of these objects, the history of their making--their milieu and craftsmanship-remain virtually unexplored. This volume, first published in 1986, fills that void. Author Kazuko Koizumi, a pioneer in the field, brings a thoroughness and warmth to the subject. A wealth of illustrated material puts the pieces in context. A historical account, laced with centuries-old drawings, traces the evolution of furniture design through the lens of Japan's "floor-based" culture.

With 114 color plates and over 650 figures, Traditional Japanese Furniture documents and discusses the roots of more than eighty unique furniture types, including the many variations of the beloved tansu chest that has made its way into homes and museums around the world. Like many of the objects it portrays, Traditional Japanese Furniture has found its place among collectors and enthusiasts, standing today as the definitive volume on the subject.

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KAZUKO KOIZUMI has been a leading scholar of traditional furniture for decades, almost single-handedly reviving the study of these traditional objects. Now a recognized authority, Koizumi's pioneering research and publications have led to a reevaluation of Japanese furniture among her colleagues, and given it new meaning in the eyes of her fellow citizens.

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