Abingdon DFAS
Abingdon Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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Welcome to Abingdon DFAS 


Our aim is to encourage interest and appreciation of the arts, primarily through a programme of monthly lectures and regular visits.

If you would like to know more about ADFAS, or are a prospective member, we very much hope you will enjoy reading about our society and we would be delighted to see you at one of our meetings.

Links for 2017-18 ADFAS Constitution,  Membership Form for 2017-8, list of lectures, list of visits.  

Next lecture is:

19 July2017

Morning 10.30 am   Afternoon 2.00 pm  Visitors Welcome £6.00

The Honourable East India Company: East-West trade 1600 - 1800, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie
given by  Vivienne Lawes

This lecture explores the way in which the East India Company developed its methods of trade. It shows how the 17th century textile trade with India established a methodology for sending out patterns to be copied by the artisans, replacing the original system of importing textiles that were native in design. The system of sending out patterns to be copied was the norm by the time the East India Company made inroads into China in the 18th century – a precursor of modern trading methods. The Company rapidly evolved its strategies, sending out several ships at a time to China and eventually setting up permanent settlements in Macao. The currency and balance of trade is explained, and methods of production are illustrated with a number of Chinese export pieces, predominantly Chinese painted silks but also including furniture and porcelain. It concludes with drawing the distinction between Chinese export and Chinoiserie, using examples made in Europe during the same period.