Research

Asian Collection

A priority area for provenance research at MAAS is the Asian collection. A small group of objects have been identified as requiring further research and are listed here. These include objects with incomplete chain of titles, or those requiring further evidence of provenance details. The Museum welcomes any information that may cast light on the gaps in the provenance of these works. The supplied chain of ownership for these objects is currently being reviewed and further research is underway. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.

Temple Bell

Photograph of a cast bronze temple bell. Click to view this object record on our Online Collection.

Accession number

H7752

Object statement

Cast bronze, maker unknown, Tartar City, Beijing, China, 1438 (Ming dynasty).
Transferred to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences from the Australian Museum in 1942.
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Date Notes
February 1902 – 1942 Australian Museum Accession no. H541.
Donated to the Australian Museum by Hon. John See (Premier of NSW and Colonial Secretary).
June 1901 On display at the Children’s Industrial Exhibition, Moore Park.
May 1901 Brought back from Beijing. It was at the China Navigation Co’s Wharf, Miller’s Point, Sydney (according to a letter to the Colonial secretary (John See) dated 13 May 1901 from A Gillespie, Captain commanding NSW Naval Contingent).
1900 The bell was acquired by a party of NSW China contingent who were serving with the British troops in China. It was half buried in the ground of a ruined Buddhist temple in the ‘Tartar city’ of Beijing.

 

Standing Mirror

Photograph of a Chinese standing mirror. Click to view this object record on our Online Collection.

Accession number

H7751

Object statement

Cheval mirror, blackwood / glass / lacquer / metal, unknown maker, possibly used in the Wanshou si (Temple of Longevity), Beijing, China, 19th century
Transferred to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences from the Australian Museum in 1942.
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Date Notes
February 1902 – 1942 Australian Museum Accession no. H534.
Donated to the Australian Museum by Hon. John See (Premier of NSW and Colonial Secretary).
May 1901 Brought back from Beijing. It was at the China Navigation Co’s Wharf, Miller’s Point, Sydney (according to a letter to the Colonial secretary (John See) dated 13 May 1901 from A Gillespie, Captain commanding NSW Naval Contingent).
1900 The mirror was acquired from the Imperial ‘Temple of Thousand Ages’, near the Summer Palace by a party of NSW China contingent who were serving with the British troops in China.

 

Umbrella

Photograph of an umbrella, made of Chinese Imperial yellow silk, cotton and bamboo, triple-flounced and embroidered with lotus flowers and scrolls. Click to view this object record on our Online Collection.

Accession number

A7025

Object statement

Umbrella, Chinese yellow silk, cotton and bamboo, Beijing, China, 19th century.
Transferred to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences from the Australian Museum in 1942.
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Date Notes
February 1902 – 1942 Australian Museum Accession no. H535.
Donated to the Australian Museum by Hon. John See (Premier of NSW and Colonial Secretary).
June 1901 On display at the Children’s Industrial Exhibition, Moore Park.
May 1901 Brought back from Beijing. It was at the China Navigation Co’s Wharf, Miller’s Point, Sydney (according to a letter to the Colonial secretary (John See) dated 13 May 1901 from A Gillespie, Captain commanding NSW Naval Contingent).
1900 The umbrella was given to the NSW China contingent by the Prize Committee in Beijing and brought back by a party from this contingent who were serving with the British troops in China.