Kinrande: Imari Ware that Captivated the World
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The years 1688–1704 are known in Japan as the Genroku era, a time of flourishing culture supported largely by the growing class of wealthy and powerful merchants. They favored luxury and increasingly sought out dishes with lavish overglaze decoration. Also at this time, as if perfectly timed to meet such demand, the Kinrande (“gold brocade”) style developed in Imari ware. Dishes in this style were richly decorated with colorful overglaze and gold decoration and were very popular among those who could afford them. In time, this style came to typify Imari ware with overglaze decoration. Dishes and jars in the Kinrande style were also produced for export and were highly prized in Europe, where the nobility used them at their tables and in decorating the interiors of their castles.
Later, in the Meiji period, various handcrafted items that had previously been regarded as tools came to be appreciated as art. Until then, Imari ware had been seen merely as utensils to be used for serving food or drink. But increasing numbers of connoisseurs both overseas and in Japan began to regard Imari ware as works of art to be viewed and admired. And the first pieces to be enjoyed in this way were those in the Kinrande style.
In this exhibition, we invite you to observe this transformation from luxury dishes to works of art as you experience the dazzling splendor of Kinrande, the Imari ware that captivated the world.
from April 04, 2018 to June 21, 2018
Closed on Mondays. Friday hours from 10:00-20:00 (last entry 19:30)