An Invitation to view 18th century Chinese wallpapers at Coutts Bank
Boningtons were more than delighted to be able to offer a private viewing in November 2012 of the 18th century Chinese wallpapers which decorate the walls of the board room of London’s Coutts Bank. The viewing at the bank was followed by a talk to discuss the history and the artistic qualities of this amazing18th century wallpaper as well as addressing the preservation requirements of this particular type of Chinese painting to ensure it is preserved for many more years to come.
These extremely fine wallpapers portraying elaborate scenes of Chinese production activities were given to Georgian banker Thomas Coutts by Lord Earl Macartney on his return from the famous British Embassy to China in 1794. As they are part of a private collection and are hung in the board room of one of London’s most exclusive banks, the general public has until now had very little chance to study and admire them.
This viewing that was organised by Boningtons coincided with the beginning of the Asian Art Week that ran on the 1-10 November in London. The week also saw Boningtons specialist Fine Art auction take place which included a large array of fine Asian works of art.
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