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Eastern magnificence & European ingenuity : clocks of late imperial China

Author: Catherine Pagani
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The late sixteenth century through the eighteenth century was a period of complex change for the Chinese: Europe was eagerly looking to the East with an interest in developing a "China market," not just in commercial and diplomatic enterprises but in evangelical ventures as well. The resulting contacts produced significant cultural exchanges and appropriations, as well as misconceptions and stereotypes. Profoundly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pagani, Catherine.
Eastern magnificence & European ingenuity.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)626759261
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Pagani
ISBN: 0472112082 9780472112081
OCLC Number: 45582732
Description: xvi, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: A Clockwork Universe --
1. "Pour la Gloire de Dieu": Clock Making and the Jesuit Mission --
2. "Old to a Self-Sounding Bell": The Chinese Interest in Elaborate Clockwork --
3. "An Asiatick Temple" Western Clockwork and the China Trade --
4. "To Rival Oriental Splendor" The Aesthetic Milieu --
App. A. The Imperial Workshops --
App. B. European Clockmakers at the Chinese Court, 1601-1822 --
App. C. European Makers of Clocks and Automata for the Chinese Market.
Other Titles: Eastern magnificence and European ingenuity
Responsibility: Catherine Pagani.
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"The late sixteenth century through the eighteenth century was a period of complex change for the Chinese: Europe was eagerly looking to the East with an interest in developing a "China market," not just in commercial and diplomatic enterprises but in evangelical ventures as well. The resulting contacts produced significant cultural exchanges and appropriations, as well as misconceptions and stereotypes. Profoundly affected by these interactions were the areas of technology and the decorative arts. Europe became enamored of Chinese style, and a fashion known as chinoiserie permeated the decorative arts. In China, one result of this Sino-European contact was the introduction of a new and important technology: the Western mechanical clock."--Jacket.

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