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Two Women with Tea Ceremony Implements

Medium:
Woodblock print on paper
Type:
figures
Print
Object Name:
Print
Made in:
Japan
Date:
early 20th century
Accession Number:
1948-67-16
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq44eaff9fd-c43f-4eaa-99f1-bf7e0462c39d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1948-67-16

Tachibana Sayume gashū Nihon no yōbi = Tachibana Sayume's artworks : Japanese bewitching beauty Katō Hiroaki, Katō Chizuru kanshū ; Nakamura Keiko hen

Title:
橘小夢画集 : 日本の妖美 = Tachibana Sayume's artworks : Japanese bewitching beauty / 加藤宏明, 加藤千鶴監修 ; 中村圭子編
Tachibana Sayume's artworks Japanese bewitching beauty
Artist:
Tachibana, Sayume 1892-1970  Search this
Editor:
Nakamura, Keiko 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Tachibana, Sayume 1892-1970  Search this
Tachibana, Sayume 1892-1970  Search this
Physical description:
143 pages illustrations (some color) 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Japan
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Geisha  Search this
Malerei  Search this
Schönheit  Search this
Call number:
ND1059.T2184 A4 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1043049

Robert O. Muller Papers

Creator:
Muller, Robert O., 1911-2003  Search this
Extent:
7.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Auction catalogs
Exhibition catalogs
Photographic prints
Price lists
Correspondence
Place:
Japan -- Description and Travel
Date:
1930-1997
Summary:
Personal papers of Robert O. Muller, a Connecticut-based art dealer and collector who, over the course of seventy years, assembled one of the world's finest collections of Japanese prints from the late 1860s through the 1940s. The papers include Muller's correspondence relating to Japanese art, files relating to his and his wife's 1940 honeymoon in Japan during which he forged many contacts with Japanese artists and art dealers and purchased thousands of prints, subject files, catalogs, business transactions, magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, and notes and drafts for a planned book.
Scope and Contents:
The Robert O. Muller Papers consist of Mr. Muller's correspondence; research and subject files; indexes to his art collection; printed matter; photographs; and a draft manuscript and notes for a planned book. The papers document his art collecting and dealing, his relationships with a wide variety of art shops and other art dealers, his 1940 honeymoon to Japan, and the dealings of his various businesses from the 1940s through to the 1990s.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into five series:

Series 1: Correspondence and subject files

Series 2: Catalogs and indexes to Robert-Lee Gallery and Robert O. Muller's Art Collection

Series 3: Draft Manuscript

Series 4: Printed Matter

Series 5: Photographs and slides
Biographical / Historical:
Born in 1911 in Pelham, New York, art collector, dealer, and connoisseur Robert O. Muller assembled a collection of nearly 4,500 late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese prints throughout his life. As a history student at Harvard University, Mr. Muller's world renowned print collection began to take shape with the purchase of the print 'Kiyosu Bridge" by Kawase Hasui for $5.00 from the Shima Art Company in 1931.

Mr. Muller married Ingeborg Lee in 1940 and their honeymoon in Japan played a critical role in Mr. Muller's development as an art dealer and collector. They spent five months there and met with many important artists and dealers and purchased thousands of prints for both their personal art collection and for commerce.

Upon their return to the States, Mr. Muller purchased the Shima Art Company's assets and started the Robert Lee Gallery with his partner William Lee Comerford in 1940. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muller and Comerford closed the Robert Lee Gallery and later reopened it in a different Manhattan location. The Mullers moved to Newton, Connecticut, in 1946 and reestablished the Robert Lee Gallery there. In 1962, Muller purchased a frame shop, Merwin's Art Shop, in New Haven, Connecticut. Although primarily a framing shop, Muller not only befriended many scholars and academics from nearby Yale University but sold Japanese prints from the back room.

From that initial purchase of 'Kiyosu Bridge' in 1931 up until his death in 2003, Robert Muller amassed what many art historians, collectors, and curators regarded as the finest collection of its type in the world. Muller bequeathed his Japanese print collection, archival materials, and library to the Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Much of the biographical information comes from, Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection. (Washington, D.C. : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in association with Hotei Publishing, c2004)

Further information and clarification from conversations with Dr. James T. Ulak, Deputy Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery .

1911 October 5 -- Born in Pelham, New York. Great-grandson of Charles Erhart, cofounder of Charles Pfizer & Company, now Pfizer Inc.

1931 -- Purchased first modern Japanese print, "Kiyosu Bridge", from the Shima Art Company in New York City.

1934 -- Earned Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University.

1936 -- Traveled to Germany aboard the Hindenberg. During return to United States, visited with and bought many prints from Japanese print collector Thomas Bates Blow in London.

1940 February 3 -- Married Ingeborg Lee and honeymooned in Japan.

1940 September -- Purchased the assets of the Shima Art Co. for $7,000. Remained friends with the former owners, Kazue Sumii and Hango Sumii and their daughter Noriko.

1940 October 21 -- Opened the Robert-Lee Gallery on 69 East 57th Street in Manhattan.

1941 December -- After attack on Pearl Harbor, closed Robert-Lee Gallery. Later reopened at new location at 32 West 57th Street

1941 - 1952 -- Mrs. Muller gave birth to four daughters and one son.

1942-1945 -- Worked for Pfizer Inc.

1946 -- Moved to farmhouse in Newtown, Connecticut and re-established Robert Lee Gallery there one year later.

1962 -- Purchased and ran Merwin's Art Shop in New Haven, Connecticut

1985 -- Handed over management of Merwin's Art Shop to his son Robert L. Muller

2003 April 10 -- Died as a result of Parkinson's Disease.

2003 May -- Bequeathed his collection of Japanese prints, cataloging records, papers, and library to the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery of Art.
Related Materials:
The Sackler Gallery of Art owns the Robert O. Muller Collection of Japanese prints.
Provenance:
Robert O. Muller bequeathed his Japanese print collection as well as his archival records to the Sackler Gallery in 2003.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Topic:
Printmakers  Search this
Prints, Japanese -- 20th century  Search this
shin-hanga  Search this
Prints, Japanese -- 19th century  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Auction catalogs
Exhibition catalogs
Photographic prints
Price lists
Correspondence
Citation:
Robert O. Muller Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Bequest of Robert O. Muller, 2003
Identifier:
FSA.A2003.14
See more items in:
Robert O. Muller Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2003-14
Online Media:

Yūgure Hasui Hayashi Nozomu no nihonbi shōkei ga Kawase Hasui ; shi, bun Hayashi Nozomu

Title:
夕暮れ巴水 : 林望の日本美憧憬 / 画川瀬巴水 ; 詩 · 文林望
Hayashi Nozomu no Nihonbi shōkei
林望の日本美憧憬
Hayashi Nozomu no Nihonbi dōkei
Artist:
Kawase, Hasui 1883-1957  Search this
Author:
Hayashi, Nozomu  Search this
Subject:
Kawase, Hasui 1883-1957  Search this
Kawase, Hasui 1883-1957  Search this
Physical description:
95 pages color illustrations 18 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2014
20th century
Topic:
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1034605

Han to e no awai Komai Tetsurō, Katō Kiyomi, Bandō Sōichi, Hiwasaki Takao, Karasawa Hitoshi, Kikuchi Reiji Kakinuma Hirotomo hen

Title:
版と画の間 : 駒井哲郎・加藤清美・坂東壮一・日和崎尊夫・柄澤齊・菊池伶司 / 柿沼裕朋編
Han to e no aida
Han to ga no aida
Author:
Kakinuma, Hirotomo 1970-  Search this
Physical description:
211 pages illustrations 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2014
20th century
Topic:
Printmakers  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Hanga-Nihon  Search this
Hangaka  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .H335 2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029180

Tsukuhae = Tsukuhaé

Title:
月映 = Tsukuhaé
Author:
Wakayama Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan  Search this
Utsunomiya Bijutsukan  Search this
Aichi-ken Bijutsukan  Search this
Tōkyō Sutēshon Gyararī  Search this
Subject:
Tanaka, Kyōkichi 1892-1915  Search this
Fujimori, Shizuo 1891-1943  Search this
Onchi, Kōshirō 1891-1955  Search this
Physical description:
379 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
2014
20th century
TaishM period, 1912-1926
Topic:
Prints  Search this
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .T88 2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1043112

Exhibition of Japanese figure prints from Moronobu to Toyokuni; catalogue by Louis V. Ledoux; exhibition from January 25 to March 3, 1923, the Grolier club

Author:
Grolier Club  Search this
Ledoux, Louis V (Louis Vernon) 1880-1948  Search this
Lessing J. Rosenwald Reference Collection (Library of Congress) DLC  Search this
Former owner:
Levis, Howard Coppuck DLC  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 83, [1] pages 19 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1923
[©1923]
20th century
Topic:
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
761.52 .G87 1923
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860525

Ukiyoe and Nihonga : selected masterpieces of "Ukiyoe" from the collection of the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art and contemporary Japanese paintings by the citizens of Kitakyushu

Author:
Kitakyūshū Shokuin Bijutsukan  Search this
Chrysler Museum (Norfolk, Va.)  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. ; 24 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
C1985
20th century
Topic:
Ukiyoe  Search this
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
761.52 .U65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_861230

Nichibei hangaten = America Japan contemporary print exhibition / kyōsai: Nihon Hanga Kyōkai, Amerika Hangaka Kyōkai (Saga)

Author:
Society of American Graphic Artists  Search this
Nihon Hanga Kyōkai  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1967
20th century
Topic:
Prints  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .N52 1967
NE771.4.N52 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_267302

Nionde Grafik Triennalen : Göteborg / [utställnings kommissarier, Küllike Montgomery och Svenrobert Lundquist.]

Author:
Grafiktriennalen (9th : 1909 : Göteborg)  Search this
Küllike, Montgomery  Search this
Lundquist, Svenrobert  Search this
Göteborgs konstmuseum  Search this
Göteborgs konsthall  Search this
Japanskt pä kronhuset  Search this
Physical description:
74 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Sweden
Japan
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Swedish--Exhibitions  Search this
Prints--Exhibitions  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
NE695.4 .G736 1989
NE695.4.G736 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_404151

Contemporary Japanese prints : the urban bonsai / Jacqueline Menzies

Author:
Menzies, Jackie  Search this
Art Gallery of New South Wales  Search this
Queensland Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
116 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1992
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Prints  Search this
Printmakers--Biography  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .M46 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468991

Graveurs japonais contemporains; l'exposition ... 9 juillet - 9 octobre 1966

Author:
Geneva (Switzerland) Musée d'art et d'histoire Cabinet des estampes  Search this
Physical description:
[32] p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1966
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .G53 1966
NE771.4.G32
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_157680

Eastern winds : the imprint of Japan on nineteenth and early twentieth century Western graphics, 11 December 1982 to 30 January 1983, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts : exhibition and catalogue / by Rafael Fernandez with the assistance of Anne Jenkins, Gloria McInerney, and Adele Rodbell

Author:
Fernandez, Rafael 1927-  Search this
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill. : 21 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
C1982
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Prints  Search this
Prints--Japanese influences  Search this
Call number:
NE486 .F47 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_471753

黒の迷宮 : 凝視の刻

Author:
Ishikawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Physical description:
16 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Drawing, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .K87 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114993

Shin Tōkyō hyakkei : 90-nen mae no Tōkyō Tōkyō-to Gendai Bijutsukan shozō = One hundred views of new Tokyo : woodcut prints of ninety years ago from the collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Title:
新東京百景 : 90年前の東京 : 東京都現代美術館所蔵 = One hundred views of new Tokyo : woodcut prints of ninety years ago from the collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
90-nen mae no Tōkyō
90年前の東京
One hundred views of new Tokyo : woodcut prints of ninety years ago from the collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
100 views of new Tokyo
Author:
Tōkyō-to Gendai Bijutsukan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Subject:
Tōkyō-to Gendai Bijutsukan  Search this
Physical description:
8 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Place:
Tokyo (Japan)
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Prints, Japanese  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
NE1323 .T65 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114933

Kanō Mitsuo to 60-nendai bijutsu : "Kin'iro no raberu o tsuketa budō no ha" o otte / Baba Akiko

Title:
加納光於と 60年代美術 : 「金色のラヘルをつけた葡萄の葉」を追って / 馬場明子
Author:
Baba, Akiko  Search this
Subject:
Kanō, Mitsuo 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
203 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
ND1059.K1753 B33 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093082

Contemporary Japanese prints

Author:
Kuwayama, George  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
125 pages illustrations (some color) 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1972
[1972]
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .K975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_25779

21 contemporary Japanese printmakers / [photography by Nicholas Hlobeczy]

Author:
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Hlobeczy, Nicholas  Search this
Physical description:
[44] p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1979
C1979
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
761.52 .T9
NE771.4.C55 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_322869

"Grand-prix" Prints Competition exhibition

Title:
Seikai no meisaku hanga 50-sen
日本現代版画大賞展 = "Grand-prix" Prints Competition exhibition / 日本現代版画商協同組合編
Sōsaku hanga no reimei
世界の名作版画 50選
Author:
Nihon Gendai Hanga Taisho Ten  Search this
Matsuya, Kabushiki Kaisha  Search this
Seibu Hyakkaten Shibuyaten  Search this
Nihon Gendai Hangashō Kyōdō Kumiai  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Physical description:
volumes : illustrations ; 19 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1977
1977-
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
NE771.4 .N54
m
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102835

Mokuhan kuchie sōran = A survey of woodblock kuchi-e prints / Yamada Nanako

Title:
木版口絵総覧 = A survey of woodblock kuchi-e prints / 山田奈々子
Survey of woodblock kuchi-e prints
Author:
Yamada, Nanako 1939-  Search this
Physical description:
432 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2016
Meiji period, 1868-1912
Taishō period, 1912-1926
20th century
Topic:
Color prints, Japanese  Search this
Illustration of books  Search this
Frontispiece  Search this
Call number:
NE1322 .Y36 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1082933

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