Decorative masterpieces from an historically significant collection.

Philanthropist Edwin Davies CBE donated one of the world's finest collections of Japanese cloisonné to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2011, featuring over 90 objects spanning 500 years of production.

This exhibition, originally shown at the V&A, showcases some of its finest pieces, including examples of the elegant inlaid metalwork that was popular in the late 17th century, enamels from the Golden Age of cloisonné and modern ornaments from the 20th century.

Cloisonné involves an object - usually made from copper - being marked with fine wire to pick out decorative areas, before enamel paste is applied to the piece and it is fired and polished.

The exhibition will continue its tour to Winchester Discovery Centre in November.


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