The Taipan Traders-Collections of China Trade Paintings

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Anthony Lawrence
ISBN: 978-962-7283-07-2
FormAsia Books
96 pag. hardcover 26 x 34 cm 1992

An evocative narrative by BBC correspondent Anthony Lawrence revives the golden age of trade, treachery and adventure through the glowing tones of China Trade paintings selected from the boardrooms of Hong Kong's oldest and most respected firms. From these old canvases which provide a direct link with the past, we see early images of junks and tea clippers with billowing sails, huts and early colonnaded faades, sampan girls and society ladies of storms and calms. In essence Hong Kong's days of youth.