Hereby presenting an excerpt from the Studies in the Decorative Art of Japan (1910) by Sir Francis Piggott, Chief Justice of Hong Kong. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page which is drawing of a design on a black lacquer luncheon-box.
“The freedom of drawing which the direct reference to nature in this work admits of is illustrated by the two iris designs (plates 31 and 32), with which the book ends. They are continuous, and form the two sides of a black lacquer luncheon-box; another similar picture is on the other two sides. The leaves are in dull gold veined with brighter lines; the small spots of white in the drawing are tiny patines of bright gold, which always figure largely in gold lacquer work. The ripples of the water are outlined in gold ; the buds and the flowers which are black in the illustration are in brighter gold, and those which are left white are treated like the peony in plate 17, with thin gold foil.”
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