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"In practical terms Japonisme, combined with intellectual aestheticism, submerged the idea in the form, or rather in an amazing diversity of forms, for while the movement drew mainly upon Japanese art, it also borrowed extensively from the arts of Egypt, north Africa, Persia and China. . . . By 1875 Japanese art in every form was readily available in the London stores, including Arthur Liberty's." (Levy, 20)

Earthenware tiles by J. Wedgwood & Sons

Ceramaic Panels on the façade of T. Goode, China Merchants

Ceramaic vessels for household use


Levy, Mervyn. Liberty Style, The Classic Years, 1798-1910. New York: Abrams, 1986.

Robin Spencer. The Aesthetic Movement and the Cult of Japan. London: The Fine Art Society, 1972.

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