London, 30 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Japanese Art will loan a major work of the Meiji era to the Royal Academy of Arts of London for the “Bronze” exhibition from 15 September to 9 December 2012.
The work loaned by the Khalili Collection is an incense burner (koro) by Suzuki Chokichi (1848-1919) who signed the finished work with Kako, his artist name. This bronze is one of Chokichi’s favourite shapes, the koro, a word which, during the 1870s, meant the shape of an object rather than its function. As a result, it is unlikely that this work has ever been used to burn incense.
Although it has been in Europe since 1886 at least, when it was displayed at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, it is impossible to determine precisely when this work was carried out or displayed for the first time. In 1881, the South Kensington Museum of London (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) bought another large Chokichi bronze which was displayed at the important exhibition of Paris three years earlier.
The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Japanese Art includes two thousand works making it the largest collection of Meiji decorative art in the world.