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Sunken Treasure from the East Marie Conte-Helm Tuesday 14 May 2019

Cobalt blue mineral provides the distinctive under-glaze colour of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain.  During the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese imperial kilns at Jingdezhen perfected the production of blue-and-white porcelain wares extending the scope of China’s trade with the West.  Professor Marie Conte-Helm will trace the history of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain and the trade in export porcelain.  Her lecture will also cover salvage operations of the ‘Nanking Cargo’ and the ‘Hoi An Hoard’ which have enhanced our understanding of blue-and-white porcelain and its wider commercial impact.  


Marie has a BA in History of Art and an MA in Asian Art.  She is currently Executive Director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, a Member of the Board of Governors for the University for the Creative Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  She is widely published and has lectured throughout the UK and abroad.  Marie was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to UK-Japan educational and cultural relations.