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Foreign Affair

Made in c1750, these Cantonese enamelled sconces were created for the king of Portugal - flamboyant symbols of the court's love of the Orient, Chiense in style, European in form, and full of references to both Eastern and Western culture, they tell an enigmatic tale of cross-continental taste and trade in the 18th century.