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Made in Americas: The New World Discovers Asia

Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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The Americas become a major destination for objects made in Asia beginning in the 16th century.  Asian influences can be found as far apart as Boston and Peru. This lecture examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas exploring how craftsmen across North, Central and South America adapted Asian styles in a range of media—from furniture to silverwork, textiles, ceramics and painting.

Desk on stand José Manuel de la Cerda (Mexican) Second half of the 18th century Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico Lacquered and polychromed wood with painted decoration *On loan from the Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Desk on stand
José Manuel de la Cerda (Mexican)
Second half of the 18th century
Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Lacquered and polychromed wood with painted decoration
*On loan from the Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Desk and bookcase Mid 18 century Puebla, Mexico Inlaid woods and incised and painted bone, maque, gold and polychrome paint, metal hardware *Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  

Desk and bookcase
Mid 18 century
Puebla, Mexico
Inlaid woods and incised and painted bone, maque, gold and polychrome paint, metal hardware
*Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


 

Desk and bookcase Mid 18 century Puebla, Mexico Inlaid woods and incised and painted bone, maque, gold and polychrome paint, metal hardware *Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  

Desk and bookcase
Mid 18 century
Puebla, Mexico
Inlaid woods and incised and painted bone, maque, gold and polychrome paint, metal hardware
*Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston