I N T H E P U B LI C DO M AI N : T R A D E C E R A M I C S I N T H E A G N S W – TAASA Review June 2013

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This article was originally found in the June 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 24).

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Jackie Menzies T he display of 120 Asian export ceramics in the 13m long wall case in the Art Gallery of New South Wales conjures a world of shipwrecks, merchant trade, and exotic social rituals.

The ceramics, mainly Chinese, vary from grave goods, everyday bowls and platters, to valued treasures.

The dense display, modelled on the crowded wall displays of early collections such as the Topkapi in Istanbul, is organised by time frame, country of production and market destination, presenting an overview of shifting markets and tastes from the 10th to 19th centuries...