Japanese export lacquer 1580-1850 is the first full treatment of lacquerware made to European demand, its transportation and the lacquer market in Europe as well as the effect of lacquer and its use in a European context. Trading patterns and its use are described in detail, based on the documentary evidence of Europeans in the Far East, on notes kept by the Portuguese in Japan, on the important and comprehensive archives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and to a lesser extent and for a shorter period, of the English Honourable East India Company, as well as on contemporary comments and inventories within Europe.
Dr Oliver Impey (1936-2005) was Senior Curator in the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and Reader in Eastern Art at Oxford University. His research concentrated on the export arts of Japan from the late sixteenth to the early twentieth century, and on their effect in Europe.
Professor Dr Christiaan Jörg is a former Curator and Head of Research of the Department of Oriental Export Art at the Groninger Museum, Groningen. He lectures on the East-West interactions in decorative art at Leiden University. His research focuses on Chinese and Japanese export art for the Dutch market for the period 1600-1800, in particular porcelain and lacquer.