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updated tue 12 oct 99


Janet Kaiser on mon 11 oct 99

You ask what the traditional lining is? Well, as far as =22traditional=22 =
goes, I
have visited museums all over UK and Europe and looked at various historical
ceramic collections in my time. From what I recall of those exhibits =
in their original boxes, you usually see either dark crimson, deep blue or
purple velvet
white, cream or pastel shades (less often) of silk or satin.

I presume that is because the items were usually being made for, bought and
presented to or by royalty and royal households. The royal colours (blue,
purple, red) being therefore the most appropriate. Sometimes white silk was =
as a liner, but not often as far as I have noticed. That was more for =
silver and gold.

If you are ever in Munich, do look at the collection in Schlo=DF =
Nymphenburg. They
have some porcelain as it was presented to the Bavarian Kings... =
Dresden, Meissen etc. The cups, saucers, etc. all had their own little =
niches to
protect them completely. The lids are padded with either the manufacturer's
details or the =22presentation details=22 in gold printed on the fabric. =
Some of
these presentation boxes were works of art in themselves. Good job we don't =
have to package this way any more, eh?

But, this is naturally the Western way. I do not have any experience of the =
in box=22 method you mention... I presume this packaging from the East =
I have only seen wares WRAPPED in material from the China. (Not in a bag). =
once again being the =22traditional=22 fabric for important people.

Janet Kaiser
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