Posted by Emelye on May 04, 1998 at 16:54:59:
In response to Asian fashions in England..., written by Jimmy on April 11, 1998 at 15:23:53
] England has long colonized China and they have great admiration for many "Oriental things".
It is true that there was a great admiration for Chinese style in England, but England has NEVER colonized China, and in the late 18th and early 19th, foreigners were not even allowed into the country, except for the cities of Nanking and Canton. As a matter of fact, the two cities had different styles, and the export porcelain (made in bulk and shipped out by traders for sale to the middle classes, as opposed to "bespoke" porcelain that would be special ordered and designed by wealthy people) was known as Nanking Ware or Canton Ware. Canton was the blue and white porcelain that is pretty much ubiquitous at any late 18th century archeological site. The historic house museum I work for on the weekends just had a big exhibit and lecture series on this subject!
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