This spring, beauty inspired by the natural world fills the galleries of the Walters Art Museum as we present Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection. Created as objects of unsurpassed beauty and refined elegance, the enameled metal boxes, vases, trays, and urns at the heart of this exhibition have the potential to transport us back to an era rich with sumptuous decoration and marked by cultural discovery. In the decades leading to the dawn of the 20th century, these masterful works of art featured prominently in the international cultural and industrial expositions that occurred almost annually in the great cities of Europe and America. In this gorgeous exhibition, you will have the opportunity to explore the intricate surfaces of many of the finest examples of this art form ever created.
The exhibition is made possible with the support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and a generous gift from the members of the Walters Art Museum’s Friends of the Asian Collection. The exhibition’s educational programs are supported by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The publication of Japanese Cloisonné Enamels: The Stephen W. Fisher Collection has been generously supported by a gift from Tsognie and Douglas Hamilton.
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