Namiki: The Art of Japanese Lacquer Pens by Hutt and Overbury

Regular price £325.00

This book provides hundreds of brilliant colour images of the best writing instruments produced from the 1920s to the present, drawn from never-before-released archival material from the Pilot Pen Company’s Museum, the Alfred Dunhill of London archives and from leading private collections around the world. It takes a look at the fascinating and widely varied motifs used in maki-e work. The authors also explore the techniques and tools used to produce this delightful art form. For the collector, there is an invaluable glossary with the Japanese signatures and English translations of the leading lacquer artists who worked for Namiki from the 1920s to the present.

The Authors

Julia Hutt graduated in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She is Assistant Curator in the Far Eastern Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) with responsibility for Japanese lacquer work and inro.


Stephen Overbury graduated from the University of Toronto and became an investigative journalist writing for several newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail and Barron’s. He is the author of four books on business research techniques and the director of several companies. Twenty years ago, he developed a passion for pens and has become a leading dealer in fine and rare pens.


Book Specifications

160 Pages
250 Colour Photographs
112 x 8.5" Landscape
Published October 2000
Limited edition publication of only 2,000 copies.

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