Collecting Japanese Ceramics for the British Museum in the later 19th Century

Date: Monday 16 January 2012 at 6.45pm
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Fee: Free – Booking recommended

A Pay bar is available before the lecture
(Please note that Oriental Club rules require gentleman to wear a jacket and tie)

Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-1897), Keeper of the British Museum from 1866-1896, was responsible for what became in due course the Department of Oriental Antiquities (now the Department of Asia) at the British Museum. He amassed a large collection of Japanese ceramics during this time. This talk will illustrate some of his more interesting purchases, chart recently discovered documents, such as letters from Ernest Satow and examine his in-depth search for what Franks believed was an ‘authentic’ representation of Japanese ceramic production from prehistory to present.

Dr Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include Japanese contemporary craft expression, Japanese manga, early modern to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and trade networks, the history of archaeology and collecting things Japan in Asia and in Europe. She is currently seconded to the British Museum as a curator in the Department of Asia working on their extensive ceramic collection.


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