China Trade

China: Through the LookIng Glass – A Cultural Conversation

China: Through the LookIng Glass – A Cultural Conversation

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China Through the Looking Glass is a cultural conversation taking place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York in collaboration with The Costume Institute

China: Through the Looking Glass – Art, Film & Fashion in NY

China: Through the Looking Glass – Art, Film & Fashion in NY

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China: Through the Looking Glass May 7 – Aug 16 2015 at The Met New York is a cross cultural exhibition preceded by its stylish Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Painting Paradise: Art of the Garden – Royal Collection Pt 4

Painting Paradise: Art of the Garden – Royal Collection Pt 4

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The exhibition Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden at the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, reveals the garden’s evolution to becoming an earthly paradise

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Chinese Ceramics, Pt 2 – Am Glad I Was Not Born Before Tea!

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With an assorted assemblage of porcelain wares being used for the tea ceremony in England imports of tea alone multiplied some forty times between 1723 and 1830

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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

Antique Commode

Antique, Masterpiece, Collectible – Recycle on a Grand Scale

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An antique is something that was made in a previous era, however, according to antique dealers, their associations and the tax man, it is not really that simple

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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

Classic: ‘true’ Porcelain

Classic: ‘true’ Porcelain

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When the west first accessed wares of true Chinese porcelain they seemed magically translucent, resonant when struck, impervious to liquids, aesthetically pleasing with great beauty of form. One of the earliest records of ‘true’ porcelain in the west is pieces listed in Queen Elizabeth 1’s 1574 inventories (pursseline’ or purselyn…

Classic: Cargoes from Cathay

Classic: Cargoes from Cathay

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For centuries the Chinese traded with Asian islands and the trade spread to the Near East. Today the greatest collections of pre 1620 Chinese porcelains are in Eastern collections, particularly at Istanbul. During the Ming period 1368 – 1644 an entrepreneurial business class grew up in China and by the…