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Making China in China: Souvenir picture sets of the porcelain making process in the Qing Dynasty

07 Nov 2015 16:00 (In English with Chinese captions)
Peter Y. K. Lam, Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Guangzhou (Canton) has been an important trading port in the Southern part of China since very early times. Overseas trading vessels anchored in Guangzhou waters to export silk, porcelain and tea to all parts of the world. To satisfy the curiosity of westerners a great many export paintings depicting Chinese landscapes, scenery, folklore, agricultural and industrial processes were produced and exported together with the usual commodities. Picture series illustrating tea, porcelain and silk production were especially popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Peter’s talk will introduce a series on porcelain making, recently donated to the HKMM and elaborate on its technical significance in an historical perspective and by comparison with similar extant sets.