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01salema essay04 fig04 Corrigan SK A 5003 001. Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde. The ”Golden Bend” in the Herengracht, Amsterdam, 1671-1672. Oil on panel. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Purchased upon the recommendation of the Vereniging Rembrandt with the support of the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit, thanks to a gift of the Royal Dutch Shell, and the BankGiro Loterij. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

On display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is an extraordinary show largely drawn from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Almost as if to confirm that notion, on the night of the trustee preview the AAD team espied the Rijksmuseum director in the lobby of the nearby Hawthorne Hotel. The trip was magical, the company superb, indeed the sites of Salem will be in follow up articles to this one.

First the new show at the Peabody Essex:

Amsterdam in the 17th century was a vibrant city with global connections. The largest and most powerful trade and shipping company in the world, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) filled Dutch homes with Asian porcelain, lacquer, sumptuous textiles, diamonds and spices. Inspired by these novel imports, Dutch potters, textile designers and jewelers created works of art we now perceive as distinctly Dutch. Artists such as Rembrandt, Willem Kalf, Jan Steen and Pieter Claesz were also quick to incorporate these luxuries into their paintings. Co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, this exhibition of 170 superlative Asian and Dutch works of art explores the transformative impact that Asian luxuries had on Dutch art and life in the 17th century, bringing new perspectives on the Dutch Golden Age and its relationship to Asia.

On view February 27, 2016 through June 5, 2016

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

02salemcat076 fig012. Pieter Claesz. Still Life with Peacock Pie, 1627. Oil on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.

03salemcat053b3. Isaack Luttichuys. Portrait of a Young Woman, 1656. Oil on canvas. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from a private collection. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

04salemcat0444. Cabinet on stand. Cabinet, Japan, 1600-1630; stand, Japan, incorporating elements from a Dutch table, 1625-1650. Oak and Chinese arborvitae covered in lacquer, with ray-skin denticles, inlaid mother-of-pearl, and gilt copper mounts. Peabody Essex Musem, Salem. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver

05salemcat024a5. Sweetmeat set with the coat of arms of Johannes Camphuys. Jingdezhen, China, 1671-1690. Porcelain. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Museum purchase with funds donated by the Asian Export Art Visiting Committee. Photo by Dennis Helmar.

06salemcat0036. Claes Jansz. Visscher II and Pieter Bast. Profile of Amsterdam from the River IJ, 1611. Etching and engraving, in four sheets. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

07salemcat076photo7. Jan Jansz. van de Velde III. Still Life with Beer Glass, Porcelain Dish, and Pepper, 1647. Oil on panel. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

08salemcat0678. Palampore. Deccan, India, 1710-1750. Cotton embroidered with silk and metal-wrapped threads. Peabody Essex Museum, Veldman-Eecen Collection. Photo by Fotostudio John Stoel.

09salemcat083new9. Mounted ewer and basin. Jingdezhen, China. Porcelain with European gilded metal mounts. Ewer, late 16th-early 17th century, and basin, 1575-1600. Private collection. Photo by Laura Wulf.

10salemcat099b10. Plaque. Delft, The Netherlands, 1670-1690. Tin-glazed earthenware (faience). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Purchased with the support of the Stichting tot Bevordering van de Belangen van het Rijksmuseum. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

11salemcat02711. Cradle. Coromandel Coast, India, 1650-1700. Ebony and ivory. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Purchased with the support of the Stichting tot Bevordering van de Belangen van het Rijksmuseum. Coutesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

12salemcat84c12. Rembrandt van Rijn. Shah Jahan and his Son, 1656-1658. Ink on Japanese paper. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Gift of J. G. Bruijn-van der Leeuw, Muri, Switzerland. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

13salemcat052b13. Paulus Moreelse. Portrait of a Young Woman, about 1620. Oil on panel. Art Institute of Chicago, Max and Leola Epstein Collection. Photo by Jacques Breuer.

14salemcat095 fig02 214. Flower pyramid. Delft, The Netherlands, about 1690. Tin-glazed earthenware (faience). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the Koninklijk Oudhheidkundig Genootschap

15salem15. Cellaret. Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia), with flasks from Arita, Japan, 1680-1700. Calamander with silver mounts and velvet lining, and porcelain. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

16salemcat02016. Jacob Jansz. Coeman. Pieter Cnoll and Cornelia van Nijenrode with Their Daughters and Malay Slaves, 1665. Oil on canvas. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

17salema introduction fig0117. Charger. Arita, Japan, late 17th century. Porcelain. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. © 2006 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Jeffrey Dykes.

18salemcat021a18. Plate with the coat of arms of Willem van Outhoorn. Japan, about 1700. Wood covered in lacquer, with gold foil. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. © 2009 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.

20salemcat048b20. Covered bowl. Jingdezhen, China. Porcelain. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. © 2010 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Dennis Helmar

  

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Robert Alexander Boyle

Robert Alexander Boyle

 Alexander Boyle is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT where he majored in History. Prior to graduation he co-authored the seminal book Acid Rain in 1983. Alex has worked for the Metropo...