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Classic Japanese Porcelain: Imari and Kakiemon    by Takeshi Nagatake order for
Classic Japanese Porcelain
by Takeshi Nagatake
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Kodansha International, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Rita Baumgartner

For centuries, Japan has been known for its exquisite arts and culture, and porcelain is one of the country's most treasured arts. Imari and Kakiemon are two types of porcelain that are among the best known and most collected in the world.

Classic Japanese Porcelain provides an excellent overview of the history, techniques, and variety of design and color found in these types of wares. The book also gives interesting insights into the daily lives of the people, and how the influences brought upon them by events, and time, affected changes in production of, and demand for, these precious wares.

Concisely narrated, in clear type, and with easy to refer to sub-headings, this book includes stunning photographs of some of the oldest and finest examples of Imari and Kakiemon to be found anywhere in the world. Classic Japanese Porcelain will appeal to the layman in search of information, as well as to the collector of these exquisite types of porcelain.

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