In the year 1700, in order to celebrate the coming of a new century, Louis XIV wore a Chinese style garment to attend a gala held in the magnificent hall of Versailles. The crowds were stunned when he appeared in a Chinese style sedan chair carried by eight people.
（ The Chinese style Christmas party held by Louis XIV)
Chinese style was reflected in the whole of European society, permeating every aspect of life. Articles of daily use, interior decorations, gardens, and architecture all paid homage to Chinese style. “Chinese fever” was even more prominent in the royal family and nobility.
( The Interior Scene of Hosting Visitors, 86×118cm, 1630, Geneva Musée d’Art et d’Histoire)
(The cover of A New Book of Chinese Ornaments by Jean Fillement, print, 86×118cm, 1755, Victoria and Albert Museum)
With the maturity of the East-West trade, more and more tea sets were exported to the west every year. In the paintings of the British painter George Dunlop Leslie, we can often see Chinese blue and white porcelain. (Chinese elements often appears in the works of George Dunlop Leslie)
Through the eyes of a Chinese person, it is true that seeing these images of elegant ladies wearing the apparel of early European style and using the blue and white porcelains from China renders us a feeling that is quite interesting. The blue and white pattern opened up their eyes, helping them learn about China and its charm. The beauty of China in Western people’s eyes is also changing and deepening with their increasing knowledge of China.
（ Translated: Yu Lan)