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Studying The Trade Port Culture Of China In The 18th Century

Studying The Trade Port Culture Of China In The 18th Century From Chinese Export Lacquer Screen (in Cantonese)
Lesley Lau, PhD, Head, Art Promotion Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Dr. Lau is an art museum curator. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialisingin Chinese export art and trade port culture.She has worked as a visiting fellow in thePhillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum and in the British Museum.

Asian trade during the early modern era not only linked Europe to Asia, but also led to the rise of trade ports. In the long history of maritime trade, Canton was one of the most significant cosmopolitan cities in the world and also the most famous Chinese city to Europeans. This can be shown from the literature and the images which appeared on Chinese export art objects. Using a Chinese export lacquer screen in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and other Chinese export art objects, Dr. Lau will talk about the messages hidden behind the images.