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From the Mazarin Chest to Madame Butterfly: the fashion for Japan in Europe Anne Haworth Thursday 12 September 2019

The lecture explores the fashion for lacquer screens, furniture and exquisite Kakiemon and Imari porcelain exported from 17th century Japan by European merchants. Such decorative luxury objects were collected by England’s Queen Mary II and later by Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie Antoinette in Paris. In the 1850s, Japan was forcibly opened to trade by the American Commodore Matthew Perry. The export of woodblock prints, silk kimonos, samurai armour and decorative works of art which flowed from Japan inspired jewellers, ceramicists, painters including the Aesthetic artist James McNeil Whistler and portraitist John Singer Sargent and also composers including Puccini and Gilbert & Sullivan.

 

Ann Haworth - Lecturer at the V&A. Guide for private tours of the State Rooms and The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Lecturer in British Painting for American students resident in London. In Autumn 2002, catalogued collection of Chinese porcelain at Kensington Palace. From 2002 2005, a committee member of the French Porcelain Society. From 1995 2002, was resident in Shanghai, China, visited ancient kiln sites and lectured to expatriate groups. From 1981 to 1995, trained and became a senior ceramics specialist at Christie's and Bonhams head offices.

 

Main illustration The Great Wave off Kanagawa Wiki Commons

Banner Illustration:  ‘Anerley Arms' Pleasure Gardens, B. Constable, credit Bromley Historic Collections