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Japanese Cloisonné Enamels Press Material


The Stephen W. Fisher collection of Japanese cloisonné enamels is one of the finest in the world. Comprised largely of pieces created from 1880 to 1920 during Japan’s “golden age” of decorative art production, this collection features intricately adorned vases, boxes and trays worked in gold, silver and dazzling colored enamels. Production of these works was stimulated by worldwide demand fed by Japan’s participation in international expositions and world’s fairs. Masterworks of cloisonné were sent as showpieces to the expositions where they served both to meet European expectations of Asian exoticism and inspired the development of international modern decorative styles. The exhibition consists of over 130 objects from the Fisher collection chosen to illustrate the wide range of forms, styles and techniques that have come to define the high point in the production of Japanese cloisonné.