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Conference / Lunch at New Jawad restaurant
Conference / Lunch at New Jawad restaurant

Conference / Lunch at New Jawad restaurant

Time & Location

16 Jun 2023, 12:00 – 13:30

Paris, 30 Rue de Longchamp, 75116 Paris, France

About the event

To the happiness of the East Indies


From the 16th century onwards, the presence of the Portuguese and, more generally, of Europeans in Asia, led to the production of original furniture, the fruit of a syncretism combining European and Asian references. The European formal repertory, declined in local materials: teak, rosewood, ebony, etc., is implemented according to the know-how of Indian craftsmanship in which ivory inlay dominates. The creations, thus hybridised, were intended to decorate the interiors of the agents of the Estado da India and the many religious buildings that the Portuguese built in their Indian trading posts. However, at the end of their service in India, many of them returned to Europe with these pieces of furniture. These objects, often of a ceremonial nature, became fashionable in Portugal and were exchanged within the framework of the luxury trade supplied by Portuguese ships. Brigitte Nicolas will evoke this Indo-Portuguese creation through a few art objects recently entered into the collections of the Compagnie des Indes museum.


Brigitte Nicolas, Chief Curator of Heritage. Brigitte Nicolas has directed the Compagnie des Indes Museum since 2003. Her acquisition policy and research focus on art objects made in Asia at the request of Europeans, from the 16th to the 18th century.


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