The Tragedy of Loosdorf Castle: The Destruction and Rebirth of Exported Old Imari (特別展「 海を渡った古伊万里 ～ウィーン、ロースドルフ城の悲劇～」)
Old Imari ware, a brightly-colored variety of export porcelain, was much loved by 17th century European royals and nobles, and adorned many splendid palaces. In the turmoil of the aftermath of the Second World War, much of the porcelain collection of Loosdorf Castle, Vienna, was destroyed, but the owner of the castle took great care to preserve the broken pieces to the present day. Japanese supporters who learned of this established the Old Imari Restoration Project, and after several years of research and repairs the fruits of their labor have returned to Japan for this exhibition. This is the first presentation in Japan of this collection of old Imari pieces, beautifully reborn after their former misfortune. In addition, the exhibition also features a number of excellent pieces from Japanese collections, including that of the Kyushu Ceramic Museum.
When: Until Sun. 13 Jun. (9:30 - 16:30; Last entry 30 minutes before closing.) Closed Mondays (open 3 May), Thu. 6 May.
Where: Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (愛知県陶磁美術館), Seto City (瀬戸市)
Access: A 600-meter walk from Tōjishiryōkan Minami Sta. (陶磁資料館南駅, L08) on the Linimo (リニモ) Line.
Admission: General admission 900 Yen; University & Senior HS students 700 Yen; Junior HS students & younger free; Discount available for holders of a Certificate of Disability and one accompanying person (conditions apply; see website for details). (Prices include admission to the permanent exhibit.)
Image: Loosdorf Castle
Bowls and plates with floral pattern in five-colored overglaze enamel (fragments)
Early 18th century
Jingdezhen (China) / Arita