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Silks for Thrones and Altars Chinese Costumes and Textiles book cover Re-envisioning Japan Meiji Fine Art Textiles book cover Exquisite Fabrics Traditional Weaving and Embroidery Patterns in China book cover

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Gyaluché costume: literally royal dress. Worn by lay officials on King’s New Year observed on 2nd day of Tibetan new year (usually in February or March). The original fabric was woven during the mid- to late 17th century for a Chinese Qing dynasty dragon robe. Because of the long life characters featured in its design, it was most probably made for the birthday of the emperor.
Myers Collection.

Past Event

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Symposium celebrating the opening of the exhibition, From the Lands of Asia:
The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection.

Speakers:

  • Jean-Paul Desroches, Senior Curator of the French National Patrimony:  “A Quest for Asian Art: The Spirit of the Myers Collection”
  • Filippo Salviati, Professor, Department of Oriental Studies, “La Sapienza” University, Rome: “Radiant Stones: The Importance of Jade in Chinese Culture”
  • John E. Vollmer, Independent scholar: “Silk: Conspicuous Consumption and Lucrative Trade”
  • Sam Myers: “Stories for My Children and Grandchildren: a conversation with Jean-Paul Desroches and Jennifer Casler Price”

The exhibition in the Renzo Piano Pavilion will run from March 4 to August 19, 2018.
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Gyaluché costume: literally royal dress. Worn by lay officials on King’s New Year observed on 2nd day of Tibetan new year (usually in February or March). The original fabric was woven during the mid- to late 17th century for a Chinese Qing dynasty dragon robe. Because of the long life characters featured in its design, it was most probably made for the birthday of the emperor.
Myers Collection.


Past Event

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

During the early decades of the 17th century Manchu tribal peoples, living north of the Great Wall, established the Qing dynasty, the last of China’s imperial governments. This action signaled Manchu intention to assume to mandate of Heaven, by which China had been ruled since the mid-second millennium BCE. As a result and in the absence of a tradition of dressing like emperors, developing the wardrobe to sustain such imperial ambitions became an urgent priority.

John will address this topic in Devising Imperial Wardrobe: an exercise in Qing dynasty statecraft, a lecture to the Friends of Asian Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on November 29, 2017.

emperor's silk tapestry semi formal court coat

Emperor’s silk tapestry with silk and gold-metallic thread semi formal court coat (jifu) about 1770, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.3985


Past Event

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30–7:30 pm

Textile Museum of Canada
Toronto, Canada

Fine Art Textiles from the Japanese Meiji Period. Lecture by John Vollmer.

John Vollmer, independent curator and scholar of Asian art and textiles, presents a lecture exploring the global appeal of bijutsu senshoku: fine art Japanese textiles.

Please register or 416.599.5321 x2228.

Fine Art Textiles from the Japanese Meiji Period, Lecture by John Vollmer


Past Event

Thursday, November 9, 2017
11 am and 2 pm sessions


Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada

Workshop Master Class led by John E. Vollmer, Research Associate, Royal Ontario Museum

Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham:  International Conference at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada