Conference “A taste of the Far East…”

In relation with the Université de la Culture Permanente de Pont-à-Mousson, the Prémontrés Abbey organizes a conference with Jean-Pierre Bardot, head of the museum of Pont-à-Mousson.

The appeal for Asia starts developing in the West during the 18th century with the fashion of “Chinese art”, through lacquer and porcelain. It’s not until the second part of the 19th century that the eastern Asian aesthetic came back in style again. A new passion for the arts of Asia appears and is more about Japan. The latter, which opened itself to the world in 1853, shined with both the signature of a commercial treaty with France in 1858 and its participation in the Universal exhibitions, notably the one in Paris in 1867. European artists discovered works and objects of art as well as prints. They became models to copy and gave western artists new inspirations. As a real cultural shock, Japonism marks a turning point in the arts of the 19th century.

With the development of new industrial techniques, workshops can now produce, at a larger scale, lacquered objects made out of papier-mâché with Asia-inspired decorations. Asia and notably japan, made their way into the European indoors with everyday objects such as platters, boxes, bins…but also with furniture like pedestal tables, table nests, screens, vases, with decorations inspired by Eastern-Asia. Second-Empire and Victorian furniture, made in lacquered papier-mâché, illustrates in itself this taste for Japonism which touched Europe and the West during the second half of the 19th century.


About Jean-Pierre Bardot

Cultural and scientific mediator since 2013, and thereafter director of the “au fil du papier” municipal museum of Pont-à-Mousson, Jean Pierre Bardot is passionate about history. Graduated from a master’s degree in medieval history in the university of Nancy, he is the author of the monography “Les actes fondateurs – Pont-à-Mousson au moyen âge, origines et développement d’une ville neuve” published in 2011.



You can register directly online. Should you have any difficulty, please contact Nathasha Miclot at +33 3 83 81 10 32 (Monday to Friday) or by email : animations@abbayepremontres.com. Limited number of entries.

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//Event organized by the Prémontrés Abbey in partnership with the city of Pont-à-Mousson and the UCP.//