Japanese Ceramics in the Collection of His Majesty King Charles III

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Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere will re-examine the Japanese ceramics and select urushi lacquer examples from Japan in the collection of King Charles III, overseen by the Royal Collection Trust. Such a re-examination has only recently been made possible because of an extraordinary exhibition curated by Rachel Peat entitled Japan: Courts and Cultures and held in the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, with an accompanying catalogue.

In addition, a few years earlier, John Ayers published a seminal three-volume work titled Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. This set of books records many of the East Asian ceramics in the collection and provides helpful information on their provenance.

The Japanese ceramics range from the 17th through the 20th century, with excellent examples of porcelain from major kilns. Of note are the high quality Kakiemon style wares, including iconic Hampton Court vases, named in reference to Queen Mary II and her passion for these delicately designed, colourful porcelains. One of the most recent Japanese ceramics in the collection is a magnificent stoneware jar by Hamada Shōji. The jar was a gift to Queen Elizabeth II from Prime Minister Miki Takeo during a 1975 state visit, and highlights the diplomatic roles that these dazzling works played.
Period23 Mar 2023
Event typePublic lecture/seminar/debate
LocationToronto, Canada