Japanese lacquer from the Baur Collection

26 avril 2007 - 12 août 2007


The collection of lacquerware assembled by Alfred Baur comprises almost eight hundred Japanese lacquers. The collector’s choice is tinged with a resolutely modern orientation: with a few rare exceptions, all the lacquers in the collection were executed between the 17th and the early 20th century, some pieces even having been commissioned from artists contemporary with A. Baur. This exhibition presents a choice of large document and writing boxes, delicate inrô (medicine containers) and incense boxes, elegant pipe cases as well as tea caddies. All of these pieces attest of Alfred Baur’s taste for perfection of execution and refinement of materials.

Special CHF 30.- price during this exhibition for the following publication :

In English and German

  • Dees Jan
    Ferns Feathers Flowers. Japanese Lacquer of the Meiji and Taishô periods from the Baur Collection
    Museum für Lackkunst, Münster
    2000, 288 pp. 233 colour ill. CHF 50.-

Also to be seen :

Le Bleu des Mers

17th century Chinese export ceramics from the Hatcher junk
Donated by Therèse and John-D. Blum
In June 1983, Captain M. Hatcher recovered an important cargo of 17th century porcelain from a wrecked Chinese junk in the South China Sea . Three major auction sales were organised in Amsterdam between December 1983 and June 1984 which allowed historians and connoisseurs to discover the extraordinary diversity of the Chinese export ceramics in the 1640’s. On that occasion a couple of Genevese collectors, Therèse and John-D. Blum, acquired an important ensemble of these porcelains.