2018 / Los Angeles County Museum of Art to host lecture on Japanese lacquer collection in 18th century France, Aug. 24

Incense Box with Chinese Children Playing with Snowballs, Japan, Meiji period, second half 19th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913.

LACMA Talk: Collecting Japanese Lacquer in Eighteenth-Century France and the Taste for Incense Utensils

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Friday, August 24, 2018, 2:00 pm
Brown Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Talk by Monika Bincsik, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

This lecture will examine the eighteenth-century market and reception of Japanese lacquer in France. During this time, the lacquer market in France was governed primarily by the need for large-size panels, but there was also great demand for smaller, delicately executed Japanese lacquer objects.

In the mid-late 18th century, Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, as well as English nobility assembled significant collections of Japanese lacquer including boxes made for storing incense or for incense games.

Monika Bincsik is the Diane and Arthur Abbey Assistant Curator of Japanese Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and specializes in Japanese decorative arts and textiles.

She was co-curator of Kimono: A Modern History (2014) and curated Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met (2015). Most recently, she organized Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection (2017). She has been published widely on Japanese decorative arts and collecting history.