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Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection


February 14 - June 13, 2010


The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


The Stephen W. Fisher collection of Japanese cloisonné enamels is one of the finest in the world. Comprised largely of pieces created during Japan's "golden age" of decorative art production, this collection features many intricately adorned vases, boxes and trays worked in gold, silver and dazzling colored enamels. Reaching their artistic maturity in the 1870s and being aggressively produced through the first decades of the 20th century, cloisonné enamels played an important role in Japan's assertion of its own modernity in the newly opened international markets. Production of these brightly colored 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.


Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.




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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