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Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Collection

Margaret Watson Parker (1867-1936) was an important donor of Japanese art to the Museum in its formative years. She was an avid collector of prints by James McNeill Whistler when her good friend, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), introduced her in 1895 to the arts of Japan. Parker visited Japan in 1907, and Freer accompanied her to Japanese collectors, dealers, and artists, from whom she personally purchased most of the decorative arts in her collection.

The series of small containers with black and red lacquer and gold, copper, and silver designs are furnishings for a bridal trousseau in the late Edo period (1615– 1868). Among the upper-class samurai of this period, marriages were negotiated between families and arranged to suit political or economic concerns. Families invested considerable resources in the education and material comfort of their daughters, and lavish bridal trousseaus, once a luxury reserved for daughters of court aristocrats or the most powerful warlords, became a social necessity for any high-ranking samurai family. A standard trousseau would include a custom-made set of over forty items, made of lacquered wood and adorned with the family crests of the bride and groom.

The delicate, thinly potted ceramic wares were made by Seifû Yohei III (1851–1914), one of the most prominent ceramic artists working in Kyoto in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Seifû was known for having mastered an extraordinary range of techniques, including celadon and white porcelain and created exquisite works, such as the white teapot and pitcher with carved dragonfly design.

Seifû Yohei III
Small four-lobed white bowl (mukôzuke; 1 of 8; with 1954/1.481-485 & 487-488)
early 1880s - early 1910s
porcelain with clear glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.486
Seifû Yohei III
Small four-lobed white bowl (mukôzuke; 1 of 8; with 1954/1.481-484 & 486-488)
early 1880s - early 1910s
porcelain with clear glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.485
Seifû Yohei III
Vase, shaped like heishi jar, with spread base
porcelain with Hagi-style glaze
10 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. ( 26.7 cm x 14 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Japanese;Seifû Yohei III
Small four-lobed white bowl (mukôzuke; 1 of 8; with 1954/1.481 & 483-488)
early 1880s - early 1910s
porcelain with clear glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.482
Seifû Yohei III
Small four-lobed white bowl (mukôzuke; 1 of 8; with 1954/1.481-482 & 484-488)
early 1880s - early 1910s
Porcelain with clear glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.483
Seifû Yohei III
Water jar
porcelain with celadon glaze and inlaid white slip design
7 3/16 in x 6 5/16 in x 6 5/16 in (18.3 cm x 16 cm x 16 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Seifû Yohei III
Ovoid minature vase with black glaze
Stoneware with blue-black glaze
3 1/2 in. x 2 15/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. ( 8.9 cm x 7.4 cm x 7.4 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Seifû Yohei III
Rectangular covered box with hand-painted chrysanthemum painting
early 1880s - early 1910s
Porcelain with crackled clear glaze and overglaze white and iron slip painting
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.513
Seifû Yohei III
Hen-shaped covered box
early 1880s - early 1910s
porcelain with clear glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.495A&B
Seifû Yohei III
Narrow-necked vase with crackled celadon glaze
stoneware with celadon glaze
3 1/8 in. x 2 5/16 in. x 2 5/16 in. ( 7.9 cm x 5.8 cm x 5.8 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Seifû Yohei III
Duck-shaped covered box
early 1880s - early 1910s
porcelain with clear glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.496A&B
Seifû Yohei III
Incense burner
porcelain with crackled glaze and white Kesshô overglaze painting
2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ( 5.1 cm x 8.9 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

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<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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

Cabinet K: Shelf 2
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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

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

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

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

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<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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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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>

Cabinet S: Shelf 1
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 2
<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 3
<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>

Cabinet X: Shelf 1
<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>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 2
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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