This miniature soap stone temple was probably manufactured by Knight, Bandinel and Co., Newchwang (Niuzhuang, present day Yingkou), China, circa 1880.

The small Chinese court at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition was located in the northern transept of the Royal Exhibition Building. Exhibiting produce in nearly every class, Knight, Bandinel and Co. were the only exhibitors in Class 29, covering leather-work, fancy articles and basket-work. They are recorded as have exhibited a pair of candlesticks, pen-resters, paper-weights, 'and other stone ornaments'.

The Chinese Court's principal feature was a large hexagonal temple displaying tea from every province of China.

Physical Description

Temple carved in red stone. Tapering octagonal roofs to solid octagonal base. 7 tiers, missing finial. Small holes in each corner of roofs. No markings.

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