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Although, as the name implies, the Chinese Porcelain Company was primarily a dealership in Oriental items – and it remains a leading specialist in the field – in recent years the firm has covered European works.

The exhibition features some good 18th century furniture and works of art, distinguished by a splendid set of five 17th century Flemish tapestries depicting the education of Louis XIII in the field of academic horsemanship.The tapestries are signed Anselme de Broe and were originally found in the Chambord Palace.

Other European pieces of note include an exceptional pair of giltwood fauteuils by Cresson, a Louis XV demi-lune console by Kemp and a commode by Hansen.

From a selection of Chinese export porcelain possibly the most important acquisitions are a pair of large blue and white cisterns modelled after the form of European silver, and a rare dish painted in brilliant famille rose enamels with The Doctor’s Visit to the Emperor, a design commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from the Dutch artist Cornelis Pronk.

From the earlier Oriental work comes a pair of large Ming dynasty pottery figures of a Chinese couple, painted and glazed and with the lady’s original earring and hairpin.