FROM BEGINNER TO EXPERT: A TAASA SYMPOSIUM, 9 March 2013. Margaret White – TAASA Review June 2013


This article was originally found in the June 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 29).

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This was a wonderfully informative and enjoyable day as speakers shared stories on learning about and collecting Asian art.

The opportunity to handle pieces and to question speakers enhanced the experience. Michael Abbot AO QC opened with a lively account of his varied collections.

He initially focussed on Asian trade ceramics but later switched to textiles because they were more connected to people’s lives and less expensive to collect at the time...