Imari Intrigue: An Exceptional Japanese Imari Charger with Museum Connections

We recently acquired this exceptional Japanese Imari charger of particularly large scale.  Of round form with a shallow bowl, the charger is painted in dark underglaze blue with shades of iron red overglaze enamels and gilding.  The piece is decorated in the centre with a roundel painted with a tall vase holding a bouquet of … Continue reading Imari Intrigue: An Exceptional Japanese Imari Charger with Museum Connections

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Meiji Masterpieces: Japanese Art & Design of the Meiji Period

The Meiji era began in 1868 with the restoration of imperial rule in Japan and lasted until the death of Emperor Meiji in 1912.  The period is associated with a rapid expansion in art forms, mediums, and styles.  Both European and Chinese culture influenced the art of the time—the presence of dragons on these vases … Continue reading Meiji Masterpieces: Japanese Art & Design of the Meiji Period

Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Japanese Black and Gilt Lacquer Cabinet on Stand

Today's Flora & Fauna catalogue highlight is this exceptional Japanese Edo period black and gilt lacquer cabinet decorated throughout, including the top, with mountain landscape scenes.  The cabinet features a pair of doors with copper engraved mounts, hinges, and lock-plates that open to reveal ten drawers of varying sizes similarly decorated with foliage.  The interior doors are … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: A Japanese Black and Gilt Lacquer Cabinet on Stand

Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art

In honour of Thanksgiving, we thought it was a fitting time to pay homage to the turkey and his fellow avian friends.  Today we are going to look at the history of depicting birds in art and share a selection of birds found on pieces in our current collection. Birds have always held significance related … Continue reading Birds of a Feather: The History of Birds in Art