Christiaan J.A. Jörg studied Art History at Leiden University. He specialised in Eastern export porcelain and, in 1979, obtained his doctorate with the thesis ‘Porselein als Handelswaar’ (‘Porcelain as Commodity’) about the VOC’s porcelain trade in the 18th century. From 1978 to 2003, he has worked as curator of applied arts at the Groninger Museum. Chrisitaan expanded the collection of Chinese and Japanese art substantially, for example with documented shipwreck treasures. From 1977 to 2009, he was Endowed Professor at Leiden University focusing on the material history of exchanges between Asia and Europe. He was knighted in the Royal Order of Oranje Nassau in 2012. Since 2014 Christiaan has been the academic supervisor of the Dresden Porcelain Project, which envisions to publish a complete catalogue of the collection of Asian porcelain formerly belonging to Elector August the Strong. He curated many important exhibitions and held lectures in Europe, Asia and the USA. His list of publications includes over 125 books, catalogues and articles.