Bringing Heaven to Earth: Chinese Silver Jewellery and Ornament in the Qing Dynasty

Shining a light on a little-known area of Chinese decorative arts from 1850 to 1930, this lavishly illustrated book presents dazzling jewellery from an important private North American collection. Immortals, dragons, magpies, monkeys and bats populate this pioneering book on Chinese jewellery of the late 19th to early 20th century. In so many aspects, these […]

Life in the Qing Dynasty Shanghai: Exhibition at the China Exchange in London

4 to 12 November at the China Exchange  Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders features a selection of 35 to 40 original 19th-century albumen silver prints, many hand-coloured, by William Saunders from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection, the largest holding of late Qing dynasty photographs of China in private hands. This is the […]

Could two skeletons found in a Roman cemetery in London be the first Chinese in Britain?

By Young Tan – Senior Editor  Immigration and travel from China to Britain has been extremely prominent ever since the start of the 20th Century and especially today, but the Chinese coming to the UK appears to stretch back even further than we ever imagined (see first Chinese in Britain). Archaeologists have recently unearthed 22 […]

A Danish great grandfather, who lived and worked in China from 1900 to 1936

An article by journalist Peter Kenworthy about his Danish great grandfather, who lived and worked in China from 1900 to 1936. The article discusses culture, and the nature of Western semi-colonial behaviour, and is based on quotes from reports and letters that he wrote while in and after leaving China. “We talk a lot about culture in the […]