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Some of the most important examples of eastern arts now in the western world

Volume Three

Cover of Volume Three of Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen

Volume Three ©

This final volume contains non-porcelain works, namely lacquer, jade and other hardstones, carved ivories, textiles and metalwork.

Many of these works came into the Royal Collection as Imperial gifts, to George III, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, with the exception of the Japanese lacquer wares which were acquired for George IV, to furnish the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Although not much studied, these pieces were certainly admired by the royal family and Chinese rooms were created at Windsor and Sandringham House, decorated with an eclectic mixture of European chinoiserie and authentic works of Asian art.

Below, a selection of highlights from the volume are presented.

Highlights from the volume