The first American ship to sail goods direct from Canton in Southern China landed in Baltimore on August 9, 1785, just two years after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. Baltimoreans like Charles and Harriet Carroll of Homewood were eager for Chinese exports, regarded as objects of great luxury. Porcelains and teas were only part of the trade—the cargoes were full of precious silks, paintings, lacquerware, metalwork, and ivory. These works of art are some of the world's most enduring examples of early globalization and inter-cultural communication.
This spotlight exhibition features examples of Chinese export reverse mirror paintings and porcelains drawn from Homewood Museum's holdings. Normally on view in the period rooms, these objects were not part of the Carroll estate but later museum gifts or purchases appropriate to furnishing the house c. 1810.
On view 11am–4pm Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm Saturday–Sunday (last tour departs at 3:30pm) / Included with guided museum tour admission.
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Treasures of Chinese Export Art from Homewood Museum is organized with the assistance of curatorial intern Jamesha Caldwell, a senior at Baltimore City College.
This exhibition is made possible by endowment support from the Anne Merrick Pinkard Homewood Endowment Fund.