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Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

TOKYO

"Glass Admired By The Russian Tsars"

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum


By MIKE HAMILTON

Some of the most ornate and refined pieces of glassware from St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum — home to the former Russian royal residence, the Winter Palace — are currently on display in Tokyo.

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Four-candle girandole with "Wedgwood-style" porcelain plinth, Western Europe (around late 18th century) (C) THESTATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG, 2011

Royalty have never been noted for their reserved tastes, and the Russians were no exception. Over many generations, the Tsars amassed a collection of more than 2,000 works of elaborate glassware from every period of European history.

This exhibition presents 190 pieces, ranging from 14th-century German Gothic and Renaissance Venetian glassware to 20th-century Russian Art Nouveau and Art Deco works.

Tracing the history of decorative glassware, the show includes many rare works being shown in Japan for the first time; till Sept. 25.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; (03) 3443-0201; 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku; 7-min walk from Meguro Station (JR lines). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp.

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