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Cabinet M: Shelf 2

Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Collection

In the summer of 2002, the late Bill Hunter and his wife Dora donated their entire collection of Asian antiques, carefully assembled over a lifetime of travel and antique hunting, to the Museum. The Hunters were long-time residents of Seattle, Washington, where they developed a passion for Asian artifacts through their membership in the Seattle Art Museum. Their collection began with a visit to an antique store in Victoria, British Columbia, where two Japanese Imari ware chargers caught their eye.

Imari ware was intended for sale in foreign markets and was named for the port in the southwest part of Japan from which it sailed. These intricately decorated porcelains were produced at the nearby kilns of Arita, not far from which significant deposits of kaolin, or porcelain clay, had been found during the seventeenth century. This discovery allowed Japan to take over the porcelain trade previously dominated by China’s Jingdezhen kilns, which more or less ceased production with the collapse of the Ming dynasty in 1614. The lavish and intricate designs of Imari ware were achieved by firing each piece three times at successively lower temperatures: once with the cobalt blue painting and a clear glaze, a second time to fix the overglaze enamels, and a third time to fix the gilding.

Although especially passionate about Chinese and Japanese porcelain wares, the Hunters also collected and gave to the Museum Southeast Asian ceramics, a number of netsuke (carved fasteners from Japan), and small ivory carvings.

Japanese
Covered Imari jar with scene of young woman playing a koto
porcelain, blue underglaze and enamel overglaze
16 9/16 in. x 9 7/16 in. ( 42 cm x 24 cm )
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
Japanese
Imari fish plate with paintings of phoenix and hollyhock
porcelain, blue underglaze and enamel overglaze
2 11/16 in. x 16 3/4 in. x 10 13/16 in. ( 6.8 cm x 42.5 cm x 27.5 cm )
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
Japanese
Imari charger with auspicious designs
porcelain, blue underglaze and enamel overglaze
2 9/16 in. x 18 1/8 in. ( 6.5 cm x 46 cm )
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
Japanese
Covered Imari tea jar with designs of architectural scene and flowers
Porcelain with blue underglaze and enamel overglaze painting
11 7/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. ( 29 cm x 21 cm )
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
Japanese
Imari bowl with design of irises, horses, and blossoming cherries
Porcelain with enamel overglaze painting
3 1/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. ( 8 cm x 24.4 cm )
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 1
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 1
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 2
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet M: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet N: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet Q: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 1
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 2
<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 3
<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>Native American Art</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 3
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
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