Collecting Japanese Ceramics for the British Museum, 1753-2014


11月24日2014年 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Japan Foundation Toronto office
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor of The Colonnade, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art

About the Lecture

 Hare and Moon. Dish (1690-1730). Porcelain with underglazed cobalt blue design. ©The Trustees of the British Museum.Franks.1292+

Hare and Moon. Dish (1690-1730). Porcelain with underglazed cobalt blue design. ©The Trustees of the British Museum.Franks.1292+

This talk will address the history of collecting Japanese ceramics for the British Museum. From the very foundation of the Museum in 1753, ceramics from Japan were represented in the collections. Some of these initial holdings were collected in Japan by the German physician, Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716) between 1690-1692 and then acquired by Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), the founding donor of the British Museum. A more systematic approach to the collecting of Japanese ceramics began a century later through the efforts of the then Keeper, Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1897). The Japanese ceramic collections quickly grew not only through purchases in Europe but also were acquired directly from Japan, particularly in the later 19th century. The British Museum continues its fine legacy of astute collecting focusing most recently on contemporary Japanese ceramics.

About the Speaker

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is a Curator of the Japanese Collections in the Department of Asia, British Museum. She is the founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include Jômon period to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and particularly Japan, East Asian trade networks, the history of archaeology and manga. She spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009). She is currently working on a book manuscript for the British Museum Press entitled Four Hundred Years of Japanese Porcelain. In 2012 she wrote Vessels of Influence: China and the Birth of Porcelain in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (Bloomsbury Academic). In addition to her work at the British Museum from Summer 2011, she is the Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute.


 

Free, booking essential. Please contact the Japan Foundation Toronto office
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor of The Colonnade, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1

Japan Foundation Toronto website

Organized by

The Japan Foundation and the Gardiner Museum