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Palgrave Studies in Pacific History

Chinese Porcelain in Colonial Mexico

The Material Worlds of an Early Modern Trade

Authors: Priyadarshini, Meha

  • Takes a local approach to a popular export product to explore the broader history of transpacific trade during the early modern period
  • Offers detailed accounts of several different sites of production, trade and consumption, from China to the Philippines and on to Mexico
  • Proposes a new perspective on the effect of increased connectivity between China and New Spain, charting both physical and demographic changes within cities and the isolation of other communities
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Meha Priyadarshini is Fellow at the Sciences Po Europe-Asia Programme in Le Havre, France. Her research and teaching interests include global history, material culture studies, colonial Latin American history and art history. She earned her PhD from Columbia University and has held fellowships at the Getty Research Institute, the European University Institute and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence.

Reviews

“This book about Chinese porcelain in Colonial Mexico does far more than situate a Chinese commodity in a Latin American context: it takes us on a global journey. Jingdezhen, Manila, Acapulco and Puebla—sites that are connected through the trade in porcelain—each allow very different local stories to be told: about artisanal skills and crab-like bodies, about packaging and over-loaded ships, about race and chocolate and Aztec legends. Accompanied by richly varied illustrations, these stories tell an impressive global history that makes an important argument not only about the centrality of the Pacific Ocean and Latin America in global history, but also about the key role of Asian goods in the formation of colonial Mexican identity. Insightful, wide-ranging, and a joy to read.” (Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick, UK)

“Priyadarshini’s’ compelling book offers a unique perspective on the transpacific exchange during the sterling age of the Manila Galleon through the ‘first global brand’ of the Modern Era.  Connecting Jingdezhen with Puebla through consumer demand in the New World (i.e., how the guan became the chocolatero), Chinese Porcelain in Colonial Mexico is an impactful contribution to scholarship on the Spanish empire and its multi-faceted relations across the Pacific Ocean.” (Edward R. Slack, Jr., Eastern Washington University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Global Commodity in the Transpacific Trade

    Priyadarshini, Meha

    Pages 1-28

  • Crafting a Global Brand: Jingdezhen and Its Artisans in the Early Modern World

    Priyadarshini, Meha

    Pages 29-61

  • From Junk to Galleon: Commercial Activity in Manila

    Priyadarshini, Meha

    Pages 63-96

  • A Parián in the Plaza Mayor: Making Space for Asia in Colonial Mexico

    Priyadarshini, Meha

    Pages 97-129

  • Blue-and-white Chocolateros: Crafting a Local Aesthetic in a Colonial Context

    Priyadarshini, Meha

    Pages 131-165

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-66547-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-66546-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese Porcelain in Colonial Mexico
Book Subtitle
The Material Worlds of an Early Modern Trade
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Pacific History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66547-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66547-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66546-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 198
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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