‘From Canton to Carton: Chinese wallpapers in eighteenth-century Ireland’ Lecture

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Georges Hall

Dublin Castle

Dublin 2

From the early days of exploration, the Orient has had a major influence on fashion and interiors. Chinoiserie is a recurring theme in European design since the seventeenth century, when oriental silks, porcelain and lacquer began to be avidly collected and became a major influence on European manufacturers. Among the trade goods imported from China by the East India Companies were sets of sumptuously painted wallpaper, superb examples of Chinese artistry and a fascinating record of life in the Qing dynasty. Linking with the Irish Decorative and Fine Arts Society, this illustrated lecture by David Skinner, specialist in wallpaper conservation and reproduction, will explore the history and use of imported Chinese wallpapers in Georgian Ireland, illustrated with many images of those which still adorn the walls of Irish houses.

David Skinner is a specialist in the study and reproduction of Irish historic wallpapers. His book ‘Wallpaper in Ireland 1700-1900′ is due to be published in May 2014 by Churchill House Press. 

Booking essential please email rsvp@cny.ie or idfasinfo@gmail.com marking ‘IDFAS lecture’ in subject line or phone 0876698236

Detail from Chinese wallpaper, courtesy of David Skinner

Horse Westport - Copy

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