[Ads-l] ? Meaning of "Japan" below?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri May 20 10:38:14 EDT 2016


Peter,


A useful lead.  It apparently quotes from a catalogue of the Fonthill Abbey "wonders".  Googling for "Fonthill Abbey Japan" turns up some catalogues.  These list many "Japan" objects, some of which may clearly be porcelain, and thus provide the OED with quotations (it has none for the "porcelain" sense of "Japan"). 


However, in the particular section of your find, I suspect the "Japan" refers to japanning, the varnish.

I might follow this up further, hunting for porcelain.

Joel






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 From: Peter Morris <peter_morris_1 at BLUEYONDER.CO.UK>
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http://tinyurl.com/hb56w6m

Here's a reference about the various wonders housed at 
Fonthill Abbey


A Rich and HIGHLY ORNAMENTED CASKET of the 
very rare old Japan, completely covered with figures

And if you scroll up, you can also see:
- Six Japan heron-pattern embossed dishes
- Two butter-pots on feet and a bason, cover and stand of Japan
- A very rare specimen of the basket-work Japan
- Two very rare Japan cups
- Two matchless Japan dishes


So it would seem to be porcelain.

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