Talk: The Seven Treasures: The Renaissance, Collecting, Appreciation, and Understanding of Japanese Enamels in the 19th Century

2 pm | Sat, October 28, 2017
Brown Auditorium

This lecture will examine Japanese enamels from their early use in architectural fittings, through elegant inlay in decorative sword fittings to the renaissance of the craft in the 1840s. The art of cloisonné enamelling became, from the late 1850s, one of Japan's most successful forms of export manufacture. The peak of artistic and technological sophistication was around 1880 to 1910, a period referred to as the "Golden Age." This was when the taste for Japan in the West was at its height and museums were avidly acquiring from dealers and international exhibitions. The lecture will focus on the rise of master artists such as Hayashi Kodenji, Namikawa Yasuyuki of Kyoto, Namikawa Sosuke of Tokyo, and the artists of the innovative, creative, and prolific Ando Cloisonné Company of Nagoya.

Gregory Irvine is Senior Curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A). He is principally responsible for the collections of Japanese metalwork including arms, armour, and cloisonné enamels. Current primary research is on Japanese enamels with an additional focus on collecting and exhibiting Japanese art in the U.K. and mainland Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has published widely in his field and has provided academic advice and curatorial expertise to museums throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Image: Namikawa Yasuyuki, Lidded Jar with Designs of Birds, Flowers, and Butterflies, c. 1895, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift from the Japanese Cloisonné Enamels Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry

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