Over two days, the conference will discuss the porcelain trade conducted by individual dealers working outside of the dominant trading companies in the 17th and 18th centuries. It will focus on private networks in and beyond Asia, and the emergence of collecting East Asian art in Europe. The conference will discuss the extent and importance of these private networks, and will debate the phenomenon of trading and collecting East Asian objects from both the traders’ as well as the collectors’ perspectives, with the purpose of investigating interactions between agents from different cultures and backgrounds. The conference is part of the research project “Microstructures of Global Trade. East Asian Porcelain in the Collection of Augustus the Strong in the Context of the Museum Inventories of the 18th Century”, sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).