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"West Meets East: China and Japan at the Centennial Exhibition"
2001-05-10 until 2002-06-01
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Most Americans -- including future Asian art scholars and such
collectors as Ernest Fenollosa and Edward Sylvester Morse --
first had direct contact with Asian art at the 1876 Centennial
Exhibition in Philadelphia. Large-scale vases, elaborate
bronzes, and delicate lacquerware from China and Japan were
all on view. The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial
Art (now the Philadelphia Museum of Art) acquired many
objects from exhibitors of the national displays of China, Japan,
India, Tunis, Turkey, and Morocco.
General Hector Tyndale,
whose family business was involved in the importation and sale
of ceramics in Philadelphia and who served as one of the
judges for the Ceramics Section of the Exhibition, also collected
a variety of pieces from all areas of Japan and China. A large
group of those objects were bequeathed to the Museum in
In honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Museum,
approximately fifty works of art associated with the Exhibition will
be on display beginning 125 years to the day of the opening of
the Centennial Exhibition itself.
Vase, by Nanri Kaju,
late 19th century (Meiji Period, 1868-1912),
the province of Hizen.
Porcelain with blue underglaze
and an overglaze
warriors, plants and birds.
From the General Hector
Tyndale Memorial Collection