Background of Guangzhou porcelains
This mug dates to the second half of the nineteenth century. It was crafted in a southern Chinese porcelain workshop and decorated in Guangzhou. In this commercial and shipping hub, international traders were given official residency permissions by Qing emperors.
Since the late 18th century, the Guangzhou workshops were famous for their inclusive decorative styles that smoothly wove Chinese themes into Western designs. Often, foreign dealers would bring European pattern books or wooden models to Guangzhou before placing custom-made orders. Chinese artisans learned Western patterns and incorporated them into their export products.
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