After the era of Enlightenment, when progress in the sciences propelled European technology forward, advancements in transportation were made that established the first period of modern travel. By the late 19th century, channels of travel to China and Japan were opening, with agreements being negotiated for tourism. Europeans were exposed to an entirely new culture of visual arts, stirring a phenomenon of the new taste in Victorian society. Today, the taste for East Asian antiques remains strong.
A love of Eastern material culture runs through the collection of the late William Mowat-Thomson.
Viewing opens to the public on Tuesday 14 September.
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Bidding is available in the saleroom, live online, on the telephone and by absentee bid.