Vintage Perfume Bottles & Modern Tapestries
— A Diversity of Design —
July 3 (Tue) to September 2 (Sun), 2018
“Vintage Perfume Bottles & Modern Tapestries – A Diversity of Design.” highlighted the unique and highly creative designs found in the many perfume bottles manufactured from the 19th century onward.
This exhibition presents 100 strikingly original pieces spanning about a hundred years from the late 19th century on, including works by Rene Lalique (1860–1945), Julien Viard (1883–1938), a sculptor by trade but also a superbly talented perfume bottle designer from the 1920s, and even Surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904–1989).
The tapestries section of the exhibition featured domestic Japanese works created during the 1960s and early 1970s. These include pieces commissioned by Shiseido from artisan weavers in Kyoto and other districts singular works of textile art based on original paintings by the likes of Shikanosuke Oka, Seison Maeda, and other leading artists of the day.
Perfume bottles and tapestries are both richly decorative art forms and in that sense have served to bring joy and delight into so many people’s lives and hearts.