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Thursday, April 17, 2003 - 19:30

Japanese Cloisonné Enamels and Their Roots in Chinese Art

Fredric T. Schneider

Embassy of the Netherlands

Throughout his career as an attorney, investment banker and hedge fund manager Fredric T. Schneider has been interested in Japanese art. For the past ten years he has focused on Japanese cloisonné and has amassed a large collection. He has interviewed dozens of workers involved in the manufacture of Japanese and Chinese cloisonné and visited many studios and workshops in both countries. Japanese cloisonné enamels produced during the Meiji and Taisho Periods of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries are among the most beautiful and technically sophisticated decorative art objects. The lecture will trace their history and explain the developments evident in the great variety of cloisonné enameling techniques used in Japan during that time. The lecture will set forth their debt and connections to the much earlier Chinese cloisonné enameling techniques and present a history of the technical development of Chinese enamels that preceded the subsequent Japanese efflorescence.