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Glassworks
The Pola Museum of Art houses a collection of around 790 glassworks, the majority of which are Art Nouveau and Art Déco era pieces. The organic forms of natural plants and animals created by Emile Gallé and the geometric configurations and clear-cut forms of René Lalique were highly popular when they were produced. The collection also includes examples of other artists representative of these movements, such as Daum Brothers, Louis C. Tiffany and gives insight into achievements of late 19th and early 20th century glass work.
Oriental Ceramics
The Pola Museum of Art collection of oriental ceramics is made up of around 200 pieces of highly appraised antique pieces, mainly from China, and from Korea and Japan. The Chinese pieces date from the Han Dynasty through the Qing period, including especially Ming and Qing era Kangxi Famille Verte Porcelain, pieces that have in common an ornate yet gentle beauty. The Korean pieces are fine Goryeo celadon, and the Japanese pieces are mainly Old Kutani wares and Hizen province over-glaze Kakiemon porcelain wares.

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Emile Gallé, Vase with Poppy Design, ca.1900

Cosmetic Utensils
The wide variety of utensils in Pola Museum of Art’s rare 6,700-piece cosmetic utensils collection span from ancient times to the present, and are from Japan, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. There are 18th and 19th century French and English make-up sets and perfume bottles, early 20th century powder compacts and face powder cases, a Japanese Edo period wedding make-up set, and ornaments used by women of Africa and Oceania. In addition to the beauty of the craftsmanship of the pieces, the collection reflects the social background and make-up customs and aesthetic sensibility through the ages and across the globe.

Glassworks

Emile Gallé, Vase with Seashell Design, ca.1903

Oriental Ceramics

Purple-Red Glazed Bowl with Three Legs, Jun Ware, Ming Dynasty, 15th

Cosmetic Utensils

Dressing Case with Coral Inlay