China, in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture and Social Habits of That Ancient Empire; Drawn, from Original by Thomas Allom. with

China, in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture and Social Habits of That Ancient Empire; Drawn, from Original by Thomas Allom. with

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...and it is difficult to determine to which part in the process the greater share of admiration belongs--the size and perfection of the horn, which is made with a simple pair of pincers, an iron boiler, and a small stove; or the richly-painted and embroidered panes that fill the frame-work. A lantern-painter is an artist of no mean rank: he possesses a very extensive knowledge of design, and is a master of colouring. None but the most agreeable subjects, whether landscape or figure, and the most gaudy colours, are considered appropriate on the panes or the panels of a lantern. And this is the uniform sentiment, although the ornament may be intended to light a hall of Confucius, or a temple of idolatry. A lantern merchant's show-room is a fashionable lounge: and, as there is no limit to the number of these articles with which an apartment of ceremony may be adorned, save its capacity only, a continual consumption appears to be going on, and rivalship amongst this class of decorators is for ever active. The patterns painted on the lantern-panes vary with the season, like those of silk and cotton manufactures in Europe; and, it is only an act of domestic duty on the mandarin's part to visit the show-rooms at the proper period, select the newest pattern, and purchase it for the apartments of his wife and daughters. In one of the cases of the Chinese exhibition, held for some years at Hyde Park Corner, was a superb lantern, used in China only on occasions of state, which the curator describes as follows: "It is ten feet in height, and four in diameter at both extremities. The frame is richly carved and gilt, and covered with crimson and white silk, adorned with the most costly and beautiful embroidery. The tassels and beadwork that depend from the...show more

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