Japan varnish

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(record turned off because seems to be same as japan black)An imitation lacquer made with Amber, Rosin, and Linseed oil. Japan varnish was made with Ivory black pigments. The hard enamel-like films were baked a relatively high temperatures to produce a glossy durable surface.

See also Japan black, Japanese lacquer and Vernis Martin.

Synonyms and Related Terms

japan coating; japan black; black japan; japan enamel; tar varnish

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996