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A group of Ashmolean's Meiji Cloisonné Masterpieces

A number of fine Meiji period Japanese Cloisonné masterpieces have been presented to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by Sir David and Lady Khalili.

They were presented in honour of His Majesty King Charles III; The Rt. Hon Lord Patten of Barnes; The Rt Hon Baroness Amos of Brondesbury; Professor Dame Louise Richardson; Professor Irene Tracey; and Dr Alexander Sturgis.

Sir David has formed the world’s greatest collection of Meiji decorative art, comprising over 1,600 pieces of metalwork, enamels, lacquerwork, and ceramics, works by most of the known masters from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Comparable in its extent only to that held by the Japanese Imperial family.

With the Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten, at the opening of The Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, July 2005