Art, Trade, and Cultural Mediation in Asia, 1600–1950

  • Raquel A. G. Reyes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Raquel A. G. Reyes
    Pages 1-12
  3. William Gervase Clarence-Smith
    Pages 75-102
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 123-131

About this book


This Palgrave Pivot explores the social and cultural impact of global trade at a micro-level from around 1600 to 1950. Bringing together the collaborative skills of cultural, social, economic, and art historians, it examines how the diffusion of trade, goods and objects affected people’s everyday lives. The authors tell several stories: of the role played by a host of intermediaries - such as apothecaries, artisans and missionaries who facilitated the process; of objects such as Japanese export lacquer-ware and paintings; of how diverse artistic influences came to be expressed in colonial church architecture in the Philippines; of revolutionary changes wrought on quotidian tastes and preferences, as shown in the interior decoration of private homes in the Dutch East Indies; and of transformations in the smoking and drinking habits of Southeast Asians. The chapters consider the conditions from which emerged new forms of artistic production and transfer, fresh cultural interpretations, and expanded markets for goods, objects and images. 


Betel Tobacco Lacquer ware Inter-asian trade Batavia Dutch East India Company (VOC) Galleon Trade Philippines Rococo Padshahnama Coffee Tea

Editors and affiliations

  • Raquel A. G. Reyes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistorySchool of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57236-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57237-0
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