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Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain. Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain. Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain. Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain.
Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain.
Photographic salesmans catalogue for export porcelain.

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[together with;] Tack Loong Price List, 1912.

Published: Canton Tack Loong, c.1912

Stock Code: 115875


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An extremely uncommon survival, a photographically-illustrated late-Qing dynasty salesman's catalogue for export porcelain from Canton, complete with its accompanying price-list. Tack Loong was one of the largest export-ware shops in Canton, located on Old Factory Street, and selling ceramics from Kiangse (Jiangxi), and Hongmu "blackwood" furniture. The Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Collection Catalogue records that Tack Loong began dispatching bespoke pieces ornamented with the five-clawed dragon for use by the Qing Emperors in 1811, and annually sent tribute until around the time of this catalogue. Canton had long been considered as one of the areas producing porcelain of the finest quality, and in the nineteenth century, Tack Loong became well known to travellers, and the company consequently began to direct their production towards the tourist market and bulk exporters, particularly the British. This remarkable catalogue covers their entire range of table and decorative wares, soup tureens, flower baskets and vases, milk jugs, umbrella stands, various sizes of fish bowls, garden seats, ginger jars, tea pots, complete dinner services. In his trusted Traveller's Handbook for China, Carl Crow explains how prospective customers must take a blue curtained sedan chair rather than a rickshaw, which would be unable to navigate the narrow sewage filled alleyways to the square on Old Factory Street where where Tack Loong was located. Crow also cautions about the possible lead-time if you order one of the large ornate buffets with integral shelves, lockers and Yunnan marble tops, delivery of which could take up to a year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, no copies of either volume on OCLC.
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Two volumes; Landscape folio (330 x 245 mm). Original black moir silk binding, gilt lettering on front cover, 6 linen-hinged leaves of thick card-stock, with each with a mounted silver gelatin photograph, printed on glossy photo-stock from glass plate negatives, 209 x 286 mm, recording 537 porcelain objects pictured, each identified in the image with its stock number, original tissue-guards laid-in; price list, 26, 2 pp. Sewn in the original printed pink paper wraps, letterpress title to front panel.


Spine sunned, front board mildly spotted, some edge-wear and light soiling, couple of corners slightly bumped, free endpapers creased, tissue guards browned and brittle, but remains very good; price list, just a little rubbed, very good.

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