Japanese Antique Furniture. A Guide to Evaluating and Restoring.
New York / Tokyo, Weatherhill, 1983. 18.2 cm x 25.6 cm. X, 150 pages. Many black and white illustrations. Original Softcover. As new condition with only minor signs of external wear. Edges are lightly tanned. From the reference library of Hans Christian Andersen-Translator Erik Haugaard.
Includes for example the following chapters: Identification: Double-door clothing chests / Sado Island Clothing Chests / Kitchen Chests / Sea Chests / Staircase Chests / Wheeled Chests / Hibachi / Tobacco Boxes / Evaluation: Wood / Metalwork / Finishes / Restoration: Restoring Furniture at Home / Restoration Procedure / Care and Maintenance / Flea Markets and Antique Fairs in Tokyo etc.
Nineteen frequently encountered types of furniture, including the ever-favourite tansu (chest) and hibachi, are clearly identified by construction, wood type, metalwork, finish and region of origin. Tips on dating the pieces are also provided, and photographs and a Quick Identification Chart aid the identification process.
An indispesable guide for the connoisseur, collector, or admirer of Japanese antique furniture.
Rosy Clarke, free-lance publicist and journalist, bought her first tansu five days after she arrived in Tokyo in 1977 and has collected Japanese furniture avidly ever since. With her husband, she has restored numerous antique chests and is currently active as a lecturer on antique furniture. (From cover notes)