The next Study Day on 9 Apr 2019

The Honourable East India Company & East-West Trade: Chintz, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie, 1600 – 1800

Tuesday April 9th: 10.30 am – 3.0 pm, coffee served from 10.0 am.

Price: £25 including coffee and light lunch. Glass of wine by donation.

Lecturer: Viv Lawes M.A., B.A.Hons

This study day explores the way in which the East India Company developed its methods of trade and facilitated the increasingly sophisticated and profound exchange of ideas between East and West. It focuses on textile design as the vehicle for this analysis, but also includes objects such as wallpaper, porcelain and furniture, as well as the vast commercial trade in spices and tea.

The first session focuses on the 17th century, examining early efforts to secure access to the spice trade in Southeast Asia and the textile trade with India. It shows how the Honourable East India Company set up a methodology for sending out patterns for copying by the local weavers and dyers, paving the way for the production of chintz, now considered to be a classic expression of English style.

The second session turns to the 18th century and the trade with China. Using the same methodology of sending out Western patterns to be copied for export goods, the Company rapidly expanded operations in the Far East. The currency and balance of trade with China is examined, and methods of production are illustrated with a number of Chinese export pieces, predominantly Chinese painted silks but also including furniture and porcelain.

In the final session the distinction is then drawn between Chinese export and Chinoiserie, a fantasy style produced by Western artists and designers based on the exoticism of China – known to Westerners as ‘Cathay’ – combining with the prevailing Baroque and Rococo styles in Western design.

Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator and arts journalist with over twenty years’ experience in the art market. She gained her BA (Hons) at York University, and an MA in Fine Art at Sotheby’s Institute.

She leads the Asian Art & Its Markets Semester Programme at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She also teaches the History of Western Design and the History of Carving at the City & Guilds of London Art School, and leads the History of Art short course programme at the University of the Arts London.

As a journalist she has written for The Art NewspaperAntiques Trade GazetteThe GuardianArt & Auction, Country Life and The Royal Academy Magazine among many other publications. She is currently working on a book exploring themes in equine sculpture for the Sladmore Gallery, London.  She is UK consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia, and has co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern art in London and Singapore since 2011.

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Medieval Life in Art and Illumination by Kenneth Parker

Royal Progresses of the Tudor and Stuart Monarchs 1485 -1714 by Roger Mitchell

How to look after your Antique Furniture by Christopher Chanter

Art for the Modern Age; Painting in nineteenth-century France by Dr Lois Oliver.

Mozart:  the  Operatic Genius by Peter Medhurst

The Glories of English Watercolours by Ann Clements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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