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Ewer in the form of a catThe Department of Applied Arts is responsible for about 20,000 pieces of decorative arts and sculpture from Europe, the Middle East, India and the Far East. 

These objects were used in the daily activities, and religious rituals of people in those areas, and are evidence for  their social customs, beliefs, and taste in art. They illustrate the development of manufacturing techniques, such as weaving, potting and metal-working, and the stylistic changes brought about by the interchange of ideas and skills between different cultures. The main groups of objects are pottery, porcelain and glass, textiles, fans, furniture and lacquerwork; clocks and watches, domestic metalwork, including silver, pewter; jewellery and snuffboxes, armour and weapons, and sculpture in many different materials ranging from ancient Chinese jades to 20th century European bronzes.


Fans

Fans online exhibition

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The conservation and restoration of the Chinese vases broken in 2006

Kangxi Chinese vases conservation

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The Adoration of the Magi

detail from The Adoration of the Magi, Flemish, c.1540