Be sure to check out our new exhibit, Asian Ceramics in the Walters’ Collection, curated by Kathy Cowan!
Decker Library is fortunate to have a complete set (10 volumes) of the 1897 publication Oriental Ceramic Art by W.T. Walters, Stephen W. Bushell, and William M. Laffan (NK4165 .B77 1897 SECTIONS 1-10 CAGE) featuring the extensive asian ceramic collection of W.T. Walters, whose collection later became The Walters’ Art Museum.
“The images were fascinating: intensely realistic renderings of elaborate, gorgeous objects, floating (in many cases) on a featureless ground. When I noticed that many of the images included reflections of the landscape outside the room in which the paintings were made, it made them even more enjoyable. I later learned that the images were chromolithographs made by the Prang Company, from watercolors made by artists including James Callowhill who worked in a room of the Walters Mansion at 5 West Mount Vernon Place, so the reflections on the shiny surfaces of the objects were mini-cityscapes of 1889 Baltimore.”
Read more about the exhibit here.
Heeeeeeyyyyy, these look familiar. In our Louis Prang papers there is a color separation proof book for a chromolithograph of a vase, with a note on the cover that reads “Job 101; colors; Callowhill.” Probably from the same project?
Glass artist Mark Peiser (1938-) talks about seeing lampwork glass pieces which inspired him to become a glassblower. Today is his birthday!
Oral history interview with Mark Peiser, 2004 February 26, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution