Qing Dynasty wallpaper decorates British manor house in the 18th century

Updated: Aug 1, 2022 Print
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One part of the wallpaper depicts trade scenes in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province during the Qianlong Reign of the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official WeChat account of the Guangdong Museum]

Guangzhou has been renowned for overseas trade since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Chinese wallpaper was popular merchandise for export to foreign countries during the 18th and 19th centuries.

A set of hand-drawn wallpaper, dating to the Qianlong Reign (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty, depicts with fine brushwork the farming, tea trade scenes and people’s lives in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province. It was exported to the UK and decorated a manor house there.

The Guangdong Museum purchased the wallpaper in 2011 and has kept it in its permanent collection.

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