Cost: Free

Chinese Art for Western Interiors, c. 1650-1850

Chinese Art for Western Interiors, c. 1650-1850

Lecture by Fellow Colin Sheaf, FSA

Linking Asian craftsmanship with evolving Western tastes in interior decoration and passion for Chinoiserie, the ‘China Trade’ facilitated the arrival in London of principally Chinese artefacts and traditions like tea-drinking,  which greatly enriched English polite society between about 1600-1850. This lecture will explore this exotic yet fundamentally commercial  maritime relationship, illustrating some of the fine lacquers, ‘Export-taste’ ceramics, silks  and wallpapers which the ‘Honourable East India Company’ regularly imported.

Colin Sheaf has enjoyed a distinguished 40-year career in the London art auction world after reading Modern History at Worcester College Oxford. A world authority on Asian ceramics and Chinese Art, as Chairman of Bonhams Uk and Asia, and Global Head, he directs Asian Art specialist teams across four continents. He has lectured widely in the UK and Asia, and – besides publishing some 120 specialist articles – is co-author of a definitive study of Qing Dynasty Chinese ceramics. He was recently appointed Chairman of the world-famous Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, and chairs the Company running an award-winning historic London Square garden.

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