Exhibitions

Watering tea plants, about 1850

Opaque watercolor on paper

Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China

On view March 14, 2009 to December 31, 2014

Located in the: Asian Export Art: Works on Paper Gallery

Through delicate works on paper and other select objects, explore four essential motifs Westerners often associate with China -- fish, silk, tea, bamboo. Each was cultivated for artistic expression as well as profit. All helped shape the emerging concept of the Middle Kingdom in 18th-century Europe.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

 

 

Images

Watering tea plants, about 1850

Watering tea plants, about 1850

Opaque watercolor on paper
Loading tea in Canton (Guangzhou), about 1852

Loading tea in Canton (Guangzhou), about 1852

Canton (Guangzhou)
Opaque watercolor on paper
Goldfish, about 1790

Goldfish, about 1790

Portrait of a woman in the Chinese Imperial Court, about 1730

Portrait of a woman in the Chinese Imperial Court, about 1730

Opaque watercolor on paper

 Peabody Essex Museum

Silk Cultivation, late 1770s

Silk Cultivation, late 1770s

Opaque watercolor on paper

 Peabody Essex Museum