Paperblanks’ Japanese Lacquer Boxes collection of writing journals feature covers that portray masterful examples of 19th-century Japanese Lacquer boxes made during the Edo or Meiji period.

Beauty From Unlikely Sources

The ingenuity and grace of ancient lacquerware creations are celebrated on these book covers. Selected from a private collection in Kyoto, the boxes depicted on the covers are lacquered in the Maki-e tradition, in which sap from the lacquer tree is sprinkled with metallic powder, such as gold, silver or copper, to create luxurious designs. Over the centuries, craftspeople learned to use this sap, which hardens to a brilliant, glossy coating, as a finish to decorate and protect favoured wood and paper objects. These fine lacquered surfaces are evidence of the uniquely human ability to create beauty from unlikely sources.

Find Out More About The Collection

To find out more about this collection – and to see photos of the various boxes that inspired the covers – check out the recent story we posted about it  here.

To find out about the sizes, designs, ISBNs and other info about the collection, go to our Japanese Lacquer Boxes product page here.

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