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Asian Export Art

Asian export art reflects the complex and fascinating interaction between artistic and cultural traditions of East and West.

A 12-panel lacquer screen made for Sir John Eccleston of the East India Company and Queen Victoria's embroidered Chinese shawl are among the masterworks created between the 15th and 20th centuries. Early blue-and-white porcelain, an Indo-Portuguese Christ child encrusted with rock crystal and gems, and a superlative ivory-inlaid writing desk convey the broad scope of expression and exquisite craftsmanship in the world's most comprehensive collection of decorative art made in Asia for export to the West.

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