This exhibition was on display from September 09, 2017 to July 22, 2018.

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Starting in the 16th century, trade with Asia exposed Europeans to new objects, techniques, and artistic expressions. Most of the early trading took place with China and South Asia as Japan was a closed society, limiting exposure to Japanese design. This remained the case until 1854 when American Commodore Matthew C. Perry led a fleet into Japanese ports, demanding an end to Japan's self-imposed isolation and securing a treaty that opened the country to the West. The exports that subsequently arrived and were exhibited in the West caused American and European designers to engage in an inspired dialogue with Japanese aesthetics. The first of a number of international expositions that showcased Asian art and design was the 1862 International Exhibition in London, followed by the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867 and the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Asian metalwork, ivories, lacquerwork, woodblock prints, and textiles provided inspiration with their wealth of distinctive decorative elements, many drawn from nature, including chrysanthemums, bamboo, fans, cranes, and more. As part of a broader interest in "exotic" cultures during the late 19th century, the inspiration of newly available Japanese design sources was soon joined by those of India to help create a European and American Aesthetic Movement.
Western designers exhibited an awareness of Eastern art and design through form, pattern, technique, and their choice of materials. The sophisticated New York furniture firm Herter Brothers produced pieces indebted to the rectilinearity of Asian furniture with inlay in motifs such as sunflowers, celebrated in Asian art. Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio hired Japanese artists who decorated vase forms with asymmetrical floral arrangements. The British designers Christopher Dresser and Walter Crane travelled to Japan and experienced native arts and crafts firsthand. Lockwood de Forest, the designer of this 1902 room, had a decorating business, best known for its love of Indian design, but which also incorporated Japanese ceramics and objects even before de Forest visited Japan in 1913.

  • Bookcase
  • joined and inlaid walnut, ebonized cherry, marquetry of various woods,....
  • 2013-12-1-a/mm
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  • Vase (USA)
  • silver, gold, copper, and mixed metals ("mokume" technique).
  • 1976-58-1-a/f
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  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Rangoon Teapot, ca. 1878–85
  • glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.
  • 1999-42-4-a,b
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Box And Cover (Japan)
  • shibayama technique carved mother-of-pearl and tinted ivory, silver,....
  • 1952-164-9-a,b
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  • Teapot (USA)
  • molded and glazed earthenware, bronze (handle).
  • 1984-84-11-a,b
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  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Folding Fan, 1880–1900
  • printed cotton leaf on obverse with dyed and glazed cotton leaf on reverse;....
  • Gift of Heather Sandifer.
  • 2016-9-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Pratt House Model Rocking Chair, 1912
  • joined and carved honduras mahogany and ebony, leather -upholstered slip-in....
  • Museum purchase from Members’ Acquisitions Fund of Cooper Hewitt,....
  • 2015-9-1
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  • Vase (USA)
  • glazed stoneware with gilding and applied hand-modeled dragon.
  • 1984-84-13
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  • Pitcher (USA), 1887
  • thrown, glazed, and hand-painted stoneware.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-14
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  • Vase (USA), 1901
  • glazed and hand-painted stoneware.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-18
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Vase (USA), 1901
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-24
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Knife (USA), ca. 1880
  • cast and chased silver.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 1996-81-6
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Knife (USA), ca. 1880
  • cast and chased.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 1996-81-5
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Excelsior Platter, ca. 1880
  • glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.
  • 1999-42-8
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Brush, 1890–1910
  • rolled, cast, repoussé, and punched silver; bristles.
  • Gift of Fong Chow.
  • 1996-109-7
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  • Tea Set, 1888
  • cast, chased, repoussé silver, ivory.
  • Gift of Mrs. Norris W. Harkness.
  • 1980-20-1/6
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Waste Bowl, 1888
  • cast, chased, repoussé silver.
  • Gift of Mrs. Norris W. Harkness.
  • 1980-20-6
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Kenilworth Pitcher, ca. 1891
  • glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.
  • 1999-42-6
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Butter Pat (USA), ca. 1880
  • gilt silver-plated metal.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1995-148-6
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Butter Pat (USA), ca. 1880
  • gilt silver-plated metal.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1995-148-5
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Brush, 1890–1910
  • rolled, cast, repoussé, and punched silver; bristles.
  • Gift of Fong Chow.
  • 1996-109-5
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Vase (USA), 1888
  • glazed and hand-painted earthenware.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1967-48-117
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Rangoon Plate, ca. 1878–85
  • glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.
  • 1999-42-3
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Melbourne Plate, ca. 1881-1885
  • glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.
  • 1999-42-10
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Plate (England), ca. 1875–85
  • glazed earthenwarewith transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Paul F. Walter Collection.
  • 1999-42-15
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Service Rousseau Plate, 1866
  • glazed and hand-painted earthenware.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1990-41-1
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.