Monday, May 21, 2012

Oriental treasures of the Peabody Essex Museums

This wine bowl was made between 1560 and 1620 in the city of Jingdezhen in China. The blue under glaze is made from cobalt oxide brought to China with merchants traveling east.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA has an extra collection of artifacts, many of them from the Far East. Here are a few that I saw during my visit in October 2010.
This plate was made between 1522 and 1566 in the city of Jingdezhen in China for export to the Indian or Persian market. The Pomegranate tree in the middle of the plate is unusual, and it suggests it as made for a wealthy patron in the Middle East. It was gilded by Europeans in the 17th and 18th century.
This massive model of a Chinese vessel made from wood and solid silver was made by Wan Hing & Co silversmiths in Hong Kong late 19th century or early 20th century for export. 
This extraordinary exclusive dressing table and mirror on stand was made in Guangzho (Canton) the mid 18th century in ivory, zitan and paktong in European style.
This elaborately decorated Hepplewhite style chair was made in India around 1770 from sandalwood, black lac, cane and ivory. The craftsmen in Vizagapatham that made this and similar pieces of furniture was widely renowned for their ivory craftwork.
The exquisite model of a lobster was made in ivory in the late 19th century
This portable shrine was made by Japanese apprentices of the Jesuit Monk and painter Giovanni Niccolo (1562-1626)  in Nagasaki in Japan in 1597. In style it reflects 15th century Flamish art.
Location of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

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