Above Image: Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Long-Necked Gourd, ca. 1900, stoneware. Photo courtesy of Jason Jacques Gallery
Duncan, Alastair; Fish, Marilyn, Khan, Eve M.; Mills, Richard; Sik, Sara; Weisburg; Gabriel P.
New York City: Jason Jacques Gallery Press, 2010
Exotica, according to Jason Jacques, is the artistic product of the first internationalism; those seeking out inspiration in far away lands and centuries of the distant past. Exotica, the book from Jason Jacques Gallery which we are featuring today, accompanied a 2010 exhibition that brought together Jacques’ collection of ceramic, glass, metal, textile, and wood decorative arts between 1875 and 1925. The book, with more than 166 color illustrations and four full length essays about classical, Asian, Islamic, and medieval influences, chronicles an era (late 19th and early 20th centuries) of curiosity and desire stoked by increased travel, access to museum collections, publications, and more that exposed western artists to a wealth of historical and regional art.
Enjoy a short selection of photos from Exotica below.
Jacques collection features mostly French Art Pottery legends like Clement Massier, Adrien Dalpayrat, Taxile Doat, Edmond Lachenal, and more, all of whom were heavily influenced by Greek Mythology, Japonism, and the European Renaissance.
“The vast international fairs of the 19th century— appearing with regularity after the Crystal Palace Exposition in London, 1851— promoted change and progress. However, progress in the arts required the recognition of pre-industrial cultures for their superior use of local materials, principles of functionalism, and devotion to hand craftsmanship. The science of archeology, books of botanical and zoological drawings, design compendia… illustrations in art journals, an increase in personal and business travel, the foundation of national museums and schools of applied art— all served to heighten the public interest in paintings and decorative objects evoking the long ago and far away. While some authors see the late 19th century as an era dominated by historicism, and others see it as an age in search of novelty, it was, as all the essays in this volume demonstrate, far too complex to be neatly categorized.” -From the Introduction by Gabriel P. Weisburg.