A Colourful Cargo for a Motley People

  • Hanna Hodacs
Part of the Europe’s Asian Centuries book series (EAC)


Christian Jensen Lintrup (1703–1772) made five journeys to Canton, rising through the ranks of the Danish Asiatic Company to become a head supercargo. We shall encounter him later in this chapter as he contracted for thousands of silk pieces in Canton. Lintrup also traded extensively on his private account, a business which earnt him the nickname the ‘Chinese Merchant’ in Copenhagen. When Lintrup was ennobled as Lindencrone in 1756 he was a wealthy man. Fittingly his daughter-in-law, the eighteen-year-old Bolette Maria Haboe, was married in an ivory coloured satin woven silk dress embellished with horizontal and vertical embroideries of flowers and garlands. Most (although possibly not all) of the satin fabric was of Chinese origin. Today the dress belongs to the collection of the Design Museum in Copenhagen, but it has a well-travelled history. The outfit moved back and forth between China and Denmark before the wedding in 1768; the skills and prices of embroidery work in Canton made it worthwhile to have the dress embellished by Chinese craftsmen. Judging by the thread, some of stitches are made from silk thread, the dress was partially sewn in Canton too.1


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