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Dresser's Gifts: Ceramics and Glass from Europe and America in the Meiji Era

Dresser’s Gifts: Ceramics and Glass from Europe and America in the Meiji Era / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14   September 27, 2016 (Tue) - December 18, 2016 (Sun)

  
Vase, Clear glass, incised frog and dragonfly design, United Kingdom, 19th century

A British man arrived in Japan in the winter of 1876. His name was Christopher Dresser (1834–1904), a renowned designer who was one of the major figures of the Japonisme movement in Western art.

He brought decorative art objects from Europe, collected by the South Kensington Museum (forerunner of the Victoria and Albert Museum) as gifts to Japan. The gifts were by the courtesy of the South Kensington Museum director, who heard news that the freight steamer Nil sank on its way to Japan, carrying valued items that Japan exhibited and purchased at the Vienna World Exposition of 1873.

After his fruitful stay, Dresser also sent two groups of artworks from Britain to Japan. Moreover, he sent some of the artworks he collected in Japan to Louis Comfort Tiffany, the American designer and glass artist. Dresser had a strong influence on the spread of Japanese-style design in America as well.

This exhibition features ceramics and glass vessels from Europe and America, which the Tokyo National Museum acquired in the early Meiji era. We hope visitors enjoy these precious pieces, with their charms still entertaining us after 140 years.

 

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Flattened Jar, Multicolor glaze, applied floral arabesque design, By Minton & Co., United Kingdom, Dated 1873 (Gift of Mr. Colin Minton Campbell)
Decorative Dish, Insect and fish design in relief with overglaze polychromy, Germany, 19th century (Gift of Londos & Co.)
Decorative Flat Jar, Japanese life and customs design on blue ground, By Christopher Dresser for Minton & Co., United Kingdom, 19th century (Gift of Londos Company)
Vase, Clear glass, incised frog and dragonfly design, United Kingdom, 19th century
Bowl, Clear glass, incised floral design, United Kingdom, 19th century
Footed Vase, Leaf design in green and brown, By Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co., United States, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Louis Comfort Tiffany)


 

Pamphlet

Dresser's Gifts: Ceramics and Glass from Europe and America in the Meiji Era
Dresser's Gifts: Ceramics and Glass from Europe and America in the Meiji Era
(In Japanese)

The pamphlet is available at the Information desk, Honkan 1st  floor during the thematic exhibition periods

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