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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.

A rounded bowl with small stand underneath and two handles on either side. Gold covers the side of the handles and runs along the rim of the bowl. Wrapping around the outside of the bowl are gold floral patterns. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Deep washbowl
lacquered wood
6 in x 13 3/8 in (15.24 cm x 33.97 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Japanese
Footed deep bowl
Red lacquer on wood
3 3/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. ( 8.5 cm x 13.9 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
The box is covered in detailed floral patterns in lacquer on a black background, with a family crest in the lower right corner of the front and top of the box. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Rectangular box with cover and inner tray
1800 – 1850
lacquer, wood
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1955/1.158
The long rectangular box with detailed floral patterns in lacquer on a black background. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Covered oblong box
1800 – 1850
lacquer, wood
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1955/1.159
The long rectangular box is covered with an intricate floral pattern of gold on a black background in lacquer. Two house crests (one a geometric representation of a well and the other a chrysanthemum flower) appear in the design. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Shaver container
lacquered wood
1 9/16 in x 7 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in (3.97 cm x 19.05 cm x 4.13 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
An oval tray with deep sides. Inside is a red lacquer with gold floral designs in lacquer on the outside against a dark brown background. A small geometric crest appears on the outside. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Oval water tray
1800 – 1850
lacquer, wood
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1955/1.167
Small cylindrical container lacquered dark brown with gold floral patterns wraping around the object on all sides. There is also a chrysanthemum crest in gold on the rounded top of the container and a geometric crest near the bottom. This is the smaller of two containers. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Stacked Cylindrical container
lacquered wood
3 in x 2 1/8 in (7.62 cm x 5.4 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A small cylindrial box with a rounded top. Gold lacquered floral patterns wrap around the entire surface, and a small geometric crest appears in gold on the top of the box. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Container with lid
lacquered wood
2 1/4 in x 2 13/16 in (5.72 cm x 7.14 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Japanese
Deep washbowl used in preparation of ohaguro, from a bridal trousseau
black and gold lacquer on wood
4 7/16 in. x 9 5/8 in. x 7 11/16 in. ( 11.3 cm x 24.5 cm x 19.6 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A small, lacquered box with a rounded top. Gold flowers wrap around the sides of the box and there is a small gold crest on the top. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Container with lid
lacquered wood
2 7/16 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in (6.19 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A short, round container lacquered with gold floral patterns wrapping around the entire container. A small crysanthemum crest and geometric crests, also in gold, appear on the rounded top of the container. Part of a bridal trousseau.
Japanese
Round box with lid
1800 – 1850
wood, lacquer
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1955/1.165

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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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>

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

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

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

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<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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

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

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<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>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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

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<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>

Cabinet T: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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

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

Cabinet U: Shelf 2
<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>

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<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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

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<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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