V&A treasures on show in Sheffield

Date Posted: 09/11/2012

Pictured: Helena Ibbotson Triptych Limoges enamelling.

Running from 26th January to 2nd June, a new exhibition opening at Weston Park in Sheffield will have pieces of decorative art from the V&A’s collection on display.

The Seven Treasures: Japanese Enamels from the V&A will feature over 90 ornate examples of craftsmanship from the Far East.

The golden age of Japanese enamels

Between 1880 and 1910, the Japanese manufacture of cloisonné enamels reached a level of exquisite sophistication that would later come to be regarded as a golden age.

The Japanese term for enamelware directly translates as seven treasures, a reference to the seven treasures mentioned in Buddhist texts.

These have been interpreted widely to include gold, silver, emerald, coral, agate, lapis lazuli, giant clamshell, glass and pearl – precious materials whose qualities are reflected in the vivid lustre of cloisonné enamels.

What’s in the exhibition?

The Seven Treasures exhibition showcases some of the most beautiful Japanese enamels in the V&A’s extensive collection, many of which form part of a recent gift to the museum by Edwin Davies CBE.

The works will go on show at Weston Park alongside a series of enamels produced in Sheffield illustrating the range of related traditions and techniques which have been used in the city.

Group travel organisers can take parties to see the exhibition free of charge.

For further group travel information visit www.museums-sheffield.org.uk.

Photo credit: Museums Sheffield

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