META-MUSEUM: T’OU SÈ WÈ 土山湾 THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHINESE MODERN CREATIVE ARTS

T’OU SÈ WÈ 土山湾:  THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHINESE MODERN CREATIVE ARTS The T’ou Sè Wè Legacy That a Jesuit orphanage and school in Shanghai founded in the 19th century should be the cradle of modern creative art in China is extraordinary in itself, but it is firmly rooted in a significant Jesuit presence in China […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Easter Rarities 中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶

  CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Easter Rarities   中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 While religious items of Chinese Export Silver are relatively rare, they certainly do exist for the Muslim and Jewish faiths, both of which were minority religions that had relevancy to China, with items with Hindu decorative imagery obviously existing in larger numbers. Christian religious objects, though, […]

META-MUSEUM: CHINESE EXPORT SILVER – The 19th Century Phenomenon Equivalent to the iPad! 中國出口銀器: 十九世紀的相等於今天萍果平版的現像

  The 1842 Treaty of Nanking broke the habit of a lifetime; after over 2500 years, China could no longer be the closely guarded introspective nation it had been, but even with the enforced opening of the fortress-like doors the treaty was in reality more of a fissure rather the hoped-for wide open gateway that […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER HITS GOLD AT HERITAGE 讓中國出口銀器金榜題名的傳承(拍賣行)

At the back end of August this year, the Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions had consulted with me regarding some items of Chinese Export Silver due to be consigned in a mixed silver sale for 5th November. They did it of their own accord, as opposed to my usual hectoring of auction houses at half-hearted […]

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