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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAPANNING

Varnishing is the last and the finishing process in japanning.

Appliances and apparatus used in japanning and enamelling, 29.

It is ludicrous to read of the attempts of seventeenth-century teachers of the art of "japanning" to young ladies.

By japanning a very brilliant polished surface may be secured, which is more durable than ordinary painted or varnished work.

Hence Birmingham japanned goods wear better than those goods which receive a priming previous to japanning.

Fig. 5, Greuzburg's japanning oven heated on the outside by hot gases from furnace.

While at Birmingham he made some important improvements in the process of japanning, and gained a considerable fortune.

As painting suited his talents, he entered into the lucrative branch of japanning, and resided at No. 22, in Moor-street.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, via Portuguese Japao, Dutch Japan, acquired in Malacca from Malay Japang, from Chinese jih pun "sunrise" (equivalent of Japanese Nippon), from jih "sun" + pun "origin." Earliest form in Europe was Marco Polo's Chipangu. Cultural contact led to japaning "coat with lacquer or varnish" (1680s), japonaiserie (1896, from French), etc.

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