Chinese Porcelain in Colonial Mexico

The Material Worlds of an Early Modern Trade

  • Meha Priyadarshini

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Pacific History book series (PASPH)

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This book follows Chinese porcelain through the commodity chain, from its production in China to trade with Spanish Merchants in Manila, and to its eventual adoption by colonial society in Mexico. As trade connections increased in the early modern period, porcelain became an immensely popular and global product. This study focuses on one of the most exported objects, the guan. It shows how this porcelain jar was produced, made accessible across vast distances and how designs were borrowed and transformed into new creations within different artistic cultures. While people had increased access to global markets and products, this book argues that this new connectivity could engender more local outlooks and even heightened isolation in some places. It looks beyond the guan to the broader context of transpacific trade during this period, highlighting the importance and impact of Asian commodities in Spanish America.


Ceramic Jingdezhen Manila Mexico Pottery Artisan Transpacific Galleon Globalization Trade Production Consumption Commodity

Authors and affiliations

  • Meha Priyadarshini
    • 1
  1. 1.Europe-Asia ProgrammeSciences PoLe HavreFrance

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66546-7
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