The Art of Japanese Craft 1875 to the Present Felice Fischer

Publication date:
25 Nov 2008
Yale University Press
60 pages: 279 x 216mm
140 color illus.
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From Japan’s first forays onto the international stage of world’s fairs in the late 19th century to the dynamic creativity of the 1920 and 1930s, from the heady post–World War II period to the present day, Japanese crafts have exhibited a rich diversity of media and techniques. One of the first illustrated surveys in English of modern-era Japanese crafts––including ceramics, lacquerware, metalcraft, and wood––this elegant book, with 70 color illustrations, is an invaluable guide for the collector and scholar.


Focusing on an important collection of Japanese crafts destined for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the text discusses the artists and ideas that shaped and defined the aesthetic of 20th-century Japan, noting that this nation—which so deeply appreciates and fosters its crafts traditions—hails its artists as “living national treasures.” The book also includes artists’ biographies and reproductions of their signatures and marks.

Felice Fischer is The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Curator of East Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is the author of Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran (Yale).

"The Art of Japanese Craft is a beautifully produced catalogue of an exhibition of modern Japanese crafts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. . . . The photographs in the catalogue are excellent. . . . The texts on selected works are informative and the signatures/seals with artist's biographical information will be useful for collectors and curators." ?Chiaki Ajioka, Japanese Studies