NEW YORK — Few cultures are immune to fascination with “the other,” and Europeans were definitely “the other” in the minds of generations of Chinese artists. They were keenly interested in foreigners and Western art styles and motifs, and created gorgeous enameled objects – some copper, some porcelain – featuring European scenes and portraits. Chinese artists made canvases out of snuff bottles, teapots, vases, plates, ewers, goblets and more, polychrome-enameling them with images of Europeans clad in fancy dress and shown performing everyday activities or starring in whimsical scenes. Unsurprisingly, such pieces were dubbed “European subject” or “European portrait” wares. They were made for the imperial court as well as domestic and export markets.
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screen-Shot-2021-08-10-at-9.41.58-AM-1.png 390 412 Sheila Gibson-Stoodley https://www.liveauctioneers.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ACN-logo-2019-2.png Sheila Gibson-Stoodley2021-08-10 06:00:092023-04-11 17:51:01Chinese enamels reflected perception of European culture