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Current Special Exhibition

Vintage Perfume Bottles & Modern Tapestries
— A Diversity of Design —

Period: July 3 (Tue) to September 2 (Sun), 2018

Closed on Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday) and on summer break from August 13 (Mon) to August 16 (Thu)

The Shiseido Art House is pleased to announce a new exhibition, “Vintage Perfume Bottles & Modern Tapestries – A Diversity of Design.” This exhibition, a continuation of our popular “Vintage Perfume Bottles & Modern Tapestries — Lalique & Baccarat” exhibition, highlights the unique and highly creative designs found in the many perfume bottles manufactured from the 19th century onward.

This exhibition presents 90 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 dozens of playfully designed perfume bottles highlight a kind of appeal different again from those shown in the earlier exhibition.

The tapestries section of the exhibition features 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. We welcome you to visit the Shiseido Art House to experience the wonderful beauty and pleasure to be taken in these “everyday” items.

■Related Events

Gallery Talks by Curators of Shiseido Art House
  • Date:
  • July 21 (Sat), August 4 (Sat), & August 24 (Fri), 2:00 PM –2:30 PM

(This schedule is subject to change without notice due to unforeseeable circumstances.)

  • Venue:
  • Shiseido Art House
  • Participation Fee: None
  • Registration for Participation: Not required

Please contact the Shiseido Art House for details:
Tel: 0537-23-6122; Fax:0537-23-6315

■Selected Works for Reference

  • 1. Elizabeth Arden, “It’s You,” 1939, Baccarat

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  • 2. Schiaparelli, “Le Roy Soleil(Sun King),” 1945, Baccarat (Designed by Salvador Dali)

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  • 3. Lubin “Kismet,” 1921, Baccarat

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  • 4. Babani “Ambre de Delhi (Amber of Delhi),” c. 1920

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  • 5. Hermès, “Japanese Emperor Perfume Bottle,” 1990, Saint Louis

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  • Perfume Bottles
    • 1. Elizabeth Arden, “It’s You,” 1939, Baccarat
    • 2. Schiaparelli, “Le Roy Soleil(Sun King),” 1945, Baccarat (Designed by Salvador Dali)
    • 3. Lubin “Kismet,” 1921, Baccarat
    • 4. Babani “Ambre de Delhi (Amber of Delhi),” c. 1920
    • 5. Hermès, “Japanese Emperor Perfume Bottle,” 1990, Saint Louis
  • Tapestry
    • 6. "Lake", original painting by Kaii Higashiyama, wool, gold thread/cotton, 1971