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meet asian art - Wanli Blue-White

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The 24 objects on view in the 亞歐堂 meet asian art cabinet clearly convey the difference between “imperial” porcelain, which also encompasses ware produced for the upscale domestic Chinese market, and the objects manufactured rapidly – and somewhat carelessly – for export to the Middle East and Europe. The oldest of the objects on display here have belonged to the museum’s collection for more than a hundred years. The largest proportion, however, go back to Carl Cords, whose extensive 1943 bequest forms the mainstay of our East Asian holdings.