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Research Project on "Gotha's Chinese Cabinet"

With the project "Strategies of Collecting and Representing China in 19th Century Germany: Gotha's Chinese Cabinet", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to the tune of 300,000 euros for three years, Dr Emily Teo will return to the Gotha Research Centre at the University of Erfurt in 2021 and bring new attention to an important Chinese collection.

Consisting of more than 2,000 objects, the cabinet, commissioned by Duke Emil August of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1772-1822) and assembled between 1804 and 1810, was considered the most important Chinese collection in continental Europe in the first decades of the 19th century. The project investigates the historical, cultural and social genesis of the Chinese Cabinet using a micro-historical approach. Emily Teo received her PhD on early modern Chinese travel literature and already worked as a visiting scholar at the Gotha Research Centre from October 2018 to December 2019.