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Kopplin, Monika, Museum für Lackkunst, Vol. II, Europäische Lackkunst, Ausgewählte Arbeiten [Museum of Lacquer Art, Vol. II, European Lacquer Art, Selected Works] Münster, BASF Coatings AG, Germany, 1998, 320 pp., 160 color ills., 97 b/w ills., including a facsimile reproduction of 24 pp. from “A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing” by John Stalker, first published in Oxford, in 1688. 11 ¾ x 9 in. (30 x 23 cm). Paper. Very good condition, cover slightly rubbed. German text.
The book presents a selection of the museum’s rare and little-known European lacquer objects, such as boxes, fans, trays, furniture, panels, etc., mostly dating from the 17th to the 20th century, among them a panel by the French lacquer master Jean Dunand (1877-1942). The museum owns Italian, Dutch, English, French, Belgian, German, and Russian lacquer objects, many of them of the highest quality. Also shown are lacquered interiors of castles, reproductions of paintings depicting lacquer objects, and other objects related to lacquer, all in very good colour printing. Printed design-bases for many of the objects are shown, such as reproductions of paintings by Francois Boucher (1703-70), dated engravings, and other sources. All signatures, seals, and many details are reproduced.
The appendices include:
- Facsimile reproduction of pages with exotic drawings in “Far Eastern” style for the decoration of European lacquer furniture and utensils from Stalker’s very popular pattern book (pp. 244-267). The line drawings of pagodas, figures, and birds were easy to copy and, consequently, were over centuries used as pattern by amateurs and professionals. John Stalker’s colourful Chinoiserie motifs, more or less skilfully painted on chairs and cupboards, trays and boxes, can be seen today in castles and museums or also found on flea-markets.
- An overview of the museum’s collection of books containing historical “lacquer” recipes and instructions on “How to Produce Varnish”, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries is found on pp. 269-278.
- Selected bibliography (pp. 279-290), Index (pp. 291-300), Glossary of names and technical terms (pp. 301-320).
This book is located in Europe (EC).