1. From ancient times to the 20th century, fragrance containers from around the world
Works on display include a 10th century BCE fragrant oil container from Cyprus and a 6th century BCE perfume bottle from Greece, porcelain perfume bottles, potpourri pots from the famous Meissen and Sèvres kilns in Europe, and Art Nouveau and Art Deco forms created by such renowned designers as Gallé, the Daum brothers, and Lalique. Other items on display include toiletries sets and perfume makers’ gorgeous posters.
2. A rich array of works associated with the traditional Japanese fragrance culture, especially utensils used in Japan's way of Fragrance
Works on display include traditional utensils used in Japan's way of Fragrance, aromatic woods, and historic Kōdō documents. These range from Satsuma ware, elaborate lacquerware with the Shibayama-style decoration, and cloisonné incense burners in the Meiji period to works by modern and contemporary craft artists inspired by their study of classic examples.
3. Select paintings and furniture from Japanese art museum collections!
In addition to works from the Takasago collection, in Tokyo the exhibition also includes works borrowed from art museums in Japan: portraits of aristocratic women with perfume bottles, a famous painting by Marie Laurencin, and stylish Art Deco chairs and lamps. Starting in the nineteenth century perfume bottles became indispensable accoutrements to ordinary as well as aristocratic lifestyles. These additional works allow us to observe how they reflect the aesthetics of their times.