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Japaning Style

The influence of Japanese art and design in the West took hold in the mid 1850s after the opening up of Japan to trade fostered an industry dedicated to the massive exportation of porcelain, textiles, furniture, and other goods to the markets of the West. “Japaning” was seen in almost all facets of the arts world in England and America, from the blue-and-white “willow pattern” dinnerware, to the “Peacock Room” of James McNeill Whistler, to the frenzied collecting of wood block prints, to Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.

Keramic Art of Japan


Audsley, George A., and James L. Bowes. Keramic Art of Japan. London: Henry Sotheran, 1881.


Black sand-grained cloth blocked in gold on front, spine, and back.



Arnold, Edwin. Japonica. New York: Charles Scribner’s  Sons, 1891.

Brown cloth blocked in gold, brown, green, beige, gray, and red on front, and gold, brown, green, and gray on spine.




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