Exhibition | Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on January 26, 2018

On view this year at the Getty Center:

A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 23 January 2018 — 6 January 2019

Curated by Jeffrey Weaver

Hen-shaped Tiered Box, Edo Period, late 17th–mid-18th century, artist unknown, lacquer (Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon; photo by Thierry Ollivier).

This exhibition showcases Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen’s personal taste and demonstrate the high level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The loan of the boxes is part of an artistic exchange between the J. Paul Getty Museum and Versailles, where an important desk made for Louis XVI from the Museum’s collection is currently on long-term loan.

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