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China Trade Paintings on Glass for the American market, 1784-1848

"...copied with wonderful fidelity..." China Trade Paintings on Glass for America,[masked]

China trade reverse painting on glass was a popular art form for the American market. These paintings document literary, symbolic and historical images in a difficult, but radiant, material.

Author and curator William Sargent of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA will present an illustrated lecture explaining the origins and techniques of reverse paintings on glass. He will investigate the presence of Chinese eglomisé paintings in the colonial period and the exportation of iconic American images in the Federal period, and later. Mr. Sargent will provide the context for reverse paintings on glass by source images, national pride and the display of these paintings in American homes.

Members of ADAF free; visitors may pay with cash, check or credit card at the door.  Visit www.ADAFCA.org for details and images.



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  • Jane A.

    Wonderful! Bill Sargent gave us a conversational talk about the 3 century development of workshops in China dedicated to producing goods for the Western market. Images were great, as were the comparisons between original source, skilled paintings, schoolgirl paintings and less refined works. Bill Sargent is friendly and approachable. The pre-lecture mini-exhibition of reverse glass paintings was phenomenal!

    April 9, 2014

  • Gordon F.

    I'm really looking forward to Bill Sargent's lecture. It's all about how East meets West in the early 19th century. Or, more accurately, what the East sold to the West. The back-and-forth of design and production between China and the early United States is a fascinating topic!

    April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will do!

    March 15, 2014

  • Gordon F.

    Angela, check out the May program, Southern Synergy: The Philadelphia-Charleston Connection. It's about patronage for portraits in the early 19th century - and it's on a Thursday night. www.adafca.org

    March 15, 2014

  • clara d.

    Would luc to carpool with someone from Berkekey or Oajkkand. [masked]

    March 14, 2014

  • Jane A.

    Hope to see you at a future lecture!

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could be there, but am taking a class on Tuesday evenings.

    March 14, 2014

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