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Book Reference 1851496866

Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware C.1740-1940 [Hardcover] Yvonne Jones, Antique Collectors' Club 2012.


The book is an amazing resource to an almost undocumented story. Yvonne Jones has so much knowledge. 


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I was reading this book while I was assembling:

733TC: Rare  complex Toleware tea chest of rectangular form. The outside is decorated with painted decoration depicting rural scenes on a  japanned ocher ground.  C. 1765 and 707TC-TW-hygra: A rare Tole ware tea caddy of elliptical form with traces of  raised Chinoiserie decoration surviving. Now mostly grey with the tin plated sheet iron visible. Originally the caddy would have been overall black with dramatic images of a far off semi imagined place.  The hinged lid has an unusual chevron pierced gallery. The caddy opens to reveal a single compartment interior still with its original working lock. Circa: 1790. andTC719: Papier mâché two compartment tea caddy  exquisitely decorated with oriental scenes in mother of pearl and gilding, the inside with supplementary lids.  The lock stamped with and711TC: Papier mâché two compartment tea caddy the japanned surface decorated with naturalistic paintings of flowers; The design is artfully orchestrated. Rococo trellised flora both frames and intersects the naturalistic  rendition of the frames and intersects the naturalistic rendition  of the the flowers and bird in a fluid cartouche. This is executed in gold leaf and provides a glamorous and exotic highlight against the subtlety  of the realistic colour of the main pictures. Circa: 1850.and... 

 from the dust-Jacket:

"This long overdue book strikingly re-casts papier mâché and tinware as products of one industry -japanning and restores them to their earlier position as highly regarded forms of decorative art, esteemed as much by designers such as Robert Adam, as by fashionable society across Europe and beyond... "

Publishers note:

"As one of the few decorative arts about which little has been written, japanning is today fraught with misunderstandings. And yet, in its heyday, the japanning industry attracted important commissions from prestigious designers such as Robert Adam, and orders from fashionable society across Europe and beyond. This book is a long overdue history of the industry which centred on three towns in the English midlands: Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Bilston. It is as much about the workers, their skills, and the factories and workshops in which they laboured, as it is about the goods they made. It tells of matters of taste and criticism, and of how an industry which continued to rely so heavily upon hand labour in the machine age reached its natural end in the 1880s with a few factories lingering into the late 1930s. Richly illustrated, it includes photographs of mostly marked, or well-documented, examples of japanned tin and papier mâché against which readers may compare - and perhaps identify - unmarked specimens. 'Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware' draws predominantly upon contemporary sources: printed, manuscript and typescript documents, and, for the period leading up to the closure of the last factories in the 1930s, the author was able to draw on verbal accounts of eyewitnesses. With a chapter on japanners in London, other European centres, and in the United States, together with a directory of japan artists and decorators, this closely researched and comprehensive book is the reference work for collectors, dealers and enthusiasts alike."


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