For most Americans, the China trade holds the mystique of the faraway, the exotic, and the unreal. It has been perceived as a trade benefitting a well-to-do clientele. Cyphered Chinese export porcelain, exquisite silks, and ebony and ivory inlaid furniture were the objects associated with such commerce. Only very recently has there been some consideration of Chinese objects for the middle-class consumer. The main purpose of my study is to further this investigation and to extend what we know about Chinese objects available in the early 19th-century open market.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Cargo Manifests and Custom Records from American China Trade Vessels Bound for the Port of Philadelphia 1790-1840,"
Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vol. 1989
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jeal/vol1989/iss86/5