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Porcelain and Revolution: Johan Munthe and the Chinese Collection in Bergen, Norway.


Porcelain and Revolution: Johan Munthe and the Chinese Collection in Bergen, Norway

Jorunn Haakestad



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Haakestad recounts the life and career of the man responsible for the extensive collection of Chinese art in Norway, Johan W. N. Munthe (1864-1935). He lived an intrepid life in China during a period of upheaval and rebellion, she says, was a general in the Emperor's army, the after the fall of the empire, an advisor to the Chinese Ministry of War during the early years of the republic. All the while he was building up a massive collection of art objects, most of which he eventually donated to the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art in Bergen, where he was born. The museum and his bequest are now part of KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes. Distributed in the US by ISBS. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:Jorunn Haakestad
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Date:May 1, 2018
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