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“A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer” at J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, Los Angeles

Unknown, "Hen-shaped Tiered Box," late 17th - mid-18th century Japanese, Wood covered in lacquer, Object (box): H: 12.8 × W: 18.4 × D: 8.5 cm (5 1/16 × 7 1/4 × 3 3/8 in.), Object (tray): H: 0.8 × W: 12.1 × D: 7.3 cm (5/16 × 4 3/4 × 2 7/8 in.) Accession No. EX.2018.8.12 Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
(Photo: Thierry Ollivier. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY)

Marie Antoinette’s rarely exhibited and delicate collection of Japanese Lacquer boxes is currently on display in Los Angeles. The exhibition will take place in two rotations at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. “A Queen’s Treasures from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer” runs until January 2019.

The show features examples of Japanese lacquer boxes from the collection of Marie-Antoinette that is part of a significant exchange between the Getty and Versailles. Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793) had one of the finest collections of Japanese lacquer boxes in Europe. A selection of these rarely exhibited precious objects is on display at the museum. These objects are rarely exhibited because of lacquer’s vulnerability to light — it fades over time when exposed to light rays. The exhibition will take place in two rotations. The current group of boxes will be shown through mid-July, to be replaced by another set of boxes that will be on view until the close of the exhibition.

All of the boxes in the exhibition are Japanese dating from the mid-Edo period (late-17th to mid-18th centuries). The French royalty and aristocracy had a taste for objects from East Asia which were very fashionable during the 18th century. During that time period, works of Asian lacquer and porcelain were imported into major European cities and sold by art dealers to distinguished clients throughout Europe. Many of these lacquer boxes displayed are shaped after other objects or animals, including fans, musical instruments, a melon, and a hen.

“A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer” runs through January 6, 2019, at J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/286249/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.