‘Chinese’ Staircases in North-East Wales Case Study

‘Chinese’ Staircases in North-East Wales Case Study

This case study examines a group of ‘Chinese’ staircases built within the fabric of three different house interiors in north-east Wales in the 1750s and 1760s. It locates these ‘Chinese’ staircases within both the wider, global context of ‘Asian-inspired’ material culture design in the eighteenth century, and within more local, contemporary networks of design exchange. In doing so it examines the degree to which the East India Company’s trade network impacted on the interior design in the homes of the propertied classes in north-Wales in the eighteenth century.

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