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Shopping in Canton: China Trade Art in the 18th and 19th Centuries (Phase II)

Overview

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Canton (Guangzhou) was the centre of foreign trade in China. There were some busy shopping streets near the Thirteen Factories district in the southwest suburbs of the Canton city along the Pearl River, with rows of stores selling various crafts and curiosities, tea leaves, local products, snacks and drinks. The target customers were mostly foreign merchants. This exhibition showcases a wide variety of China trade art collections to reconstruct scenes of the bustling shopping paradise in Canton. What's more, visitors will immerse themselves in the interactive animations created by local animators the Tsui Brothers, as they go window-shopping down the memory lane while discovering the art and history of this thriving neighbourhood!

  • Date
    2023-01-132023-10-04
  • Venue
    China Trade Art Gallery, 3/F
  • Fee
    Free

Audios

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  • 600 Exhibition Overview
  • Market place in front of the foreign factories, Canton 601 Market place in front of the foreign factories, Canton
  • Shoemaker 602 Shoemaker
  • Old China Street with part of the foreign factories in Canton 603 Old China Street with part of the foreign factories in Canton
  • The studio of Tingqua 604 The studio of Tingqua
  • Light blue silk bed cover embroidered with a landscape scene of a pavilion, boats, rocks and flowers 605 Light blue silk bed cover embroidered with a landscape scene of a pavilion, boats, rocks and flowers
  • A lacquer shop, Canton 606 A lacquer shop, Canton
  • Silver chocolate jug in Rococo style 607 Silver chocolate jug in Rococo style
  • <i>Guangcai</i> teapot, cup and saucer with figures and floral patterns 608 Guangcai teapot, cup and saucer with figures and floral patterns
  • Barber's basin with floral design in painted enamels 609 Barber's basin with floral design in painted enamels
  • Folding fan with ivory sticks depicting views of Canton, Macao and Hong Kong 610 Folding fan with ivory sticks depicting views of Canton, Macao and Hong Kong
  • Round fan with embroidery of figures in pavilion garden scene 611 Round fan with embroidery of figures in pavilion garden scene
  • Game box with ivory components 612 Game box with ivory components
  • Tea seller 613 Tea seller
  • Gilt bronze clock with enamel and coloured glass inlay and waterfall features 614 Gilt bronze clock with enamel and coloured glass inlay and waterfall features
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