1704 - East India Company's sale catalogue - porcelain

Detail of East India Company's Sale Catalogue - Porcelain
1704 - East India Companys Sale Catalogue - Porcelain
The East India Company's sale catalogue for March 1704. By the early 18th century the Company was trading regularly with the Chinese, buying mainly tea, silk textiles and inexpensive porcelain.

This page lists a range of the Company's newly acquired porcelain (or 'china ware'), including blue and white 'custard cups', painted chocolate cups 'with handles crack'd', and large painted porcelain lions on stands.

About the India Office Trading Documents

The East India Company and its trading activities provide a fascinating backdrop for many accounts of shipwrecks and smuggling. This selection of documents from the British Library's India Office gives a flavour of the great range of ephemeral texts involved in the many aspects of international trade. In particular we can see how goods from India and China became an integral part of British culture, and sense the stranglehold on commerce that the monopolistic East India Company strove to maintain.


Taken from: India Office Trading Documents
Date: 1704
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: BL: OIOC: H/10ff.3v