Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices


  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
Japan Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters c.1870 four-panel screen, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper 67.5 x 138.0 x 11.0 cm Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth

Japan
Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters c.1870
four-panel screen, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper
67.5 x 138.0 x 11.0 cm
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices features the spectacular and exotic art produced for global markets from the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries.

Demand for spices spurred on the great voyages of exploration and the establishment of vast empires across Asia. Treasure Ships presents the stories of the spice markets, slave trade and shipwrecks, as well as illustrating the astonishing beauty of Chinese porcelain, known as ‘white gold’ and celebrating vibrant Indian textiles created for export around the world.

This exhibition includes over 250 outstanding and rarely-seen examples of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, maps, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles from public and private collections in Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States. 

A highlight of the exhibition is the shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the seventeenth century. As well as a large scale 16th century portrait of Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy of the state of India, on loan from the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), Lisbon.

 

THE DETAILS

Tickets to the exhibition are now on sale at treasureships.com.au, via Eventopia, through Ticketek outlets, and at the Art Gallery of WA ticketing desk. Ticket buyers will go into a draw to win a family trip for four to Singapore.

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