The Seven Treasures: Exhibition of Cloisonné from the V&A and the Edwin Davies Gift


LONDON.- Edwin Davies OBE has donated one of the world’s finest collections of Japanese cloisonné enamels to the V&A. Thanks to his significant gift, the V&A is now able to show the most wide-ranging selection of cloisonné masterpieces existing in Europe. A special display is on view at the V&A, from June 14 through August 19, 2012, to celebrate the gift and tell the story of this exquisite craft. The Edwin Davies Gift is made up nearly 90 objects, mostly dating from the period known as the Golden Age of Japanese cloisonné (c1880-1910). It complements the V&A’s existing collections of earlier works and enamel decorated sword fittings and includes pieces made at the peak of artistic and technological sophistication by makers such as the Ando Compan