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The Language of Ornament – National Gallery of Victoria 2017

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The Language of Ornament a FREE entry exhibition at NGV International from February 25 2017 will challenge the mind, engage the spirit and connect with the soul

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Chinese Ceramics, Pt 1 – Knowledge Comes from Seeing Much

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Chinese ceramics became known to the wider world from the Tang Dynasty (618- 907) onward; the word ‘China’ eventually becoming the generic name for porcelain

Chinese Snuff Containers – Collections Not to Be Sneezed At

Chinese Snuff Containers – Collections Not to Be Sneezed At

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For a long time snuff was taken from containers by the wealthy and elite in Europe in salons in which polite conversation was punctuated by a sound of sneezing

Meissen Porcelain – Passionate Pursuit of Power and Prestige

Meissen Porcelain – Passionate Pursuit of Power and Prestige

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Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony’s claim to fame rests on his being the founder of the first European factory at Meissen to produce porcelain in the west

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Chinoiserie – Pavilions, Porcelains and Passionate Pursuits

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By the 18th century in Europe and England all things Chinese assumed incredible proportions as fashionable society sought to transmit their ideas about the magical land of Cathay

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Giuseppe Castiglione – Painter @ Court of 3 Chinese Emperors

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Painter and Jesuit Priest Giuseppe Castiglione arrived in China in 1715 and passed his life at the Court of Emperors K’ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch’ien-lung

The First Emperor of China – Seeking the Mandate of Heaven

The First Emperor of China – Seeking the Mandate of Heaven

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Today the first Emperor of China’s terracotta army has no battles to fight, but rather it seeks to win the war for China about culture as art. Should they be displayed in an ‘art’ gallery or in a Museum whose premise is about presenting stories of cultural development and history.