About 46,000 Chinese immigrants came to Hawaii in the mid to late 19th century to work the plantations. But by that time there was already an established Chinese presence in the islands.
Information about Hawaii may have spread to China when Captain Cook’s crew stopped in Macao in December 1779, ten months after the captain’s untimely death. Chinese merchants and traders soon settled in the islands, where they played an important role in the sugarcane and sandalwood industries. The sandalwood trade was so big that many Chinese referred to Hawaii as the Sandalwood Mountains.
Our rooms feature Chinese antiques sourced directly from China. You won’t find that just anywhere! But that’s what you can expect when you stay at The Equus 🎉
On the left is a beautifully illustrated biscuit tin from Huntley & Palmer, who are one of the oldest biscuit makers in the world. On the right, is a marked, Chinese silver card case, available at Maitreya Arts of Asia. Although the two items were made more than a century apart, they have more than a few themes in common: leisure, nature, family ...and public fornication. The image on the biscuit tin was mistakenly believed to have been designed by a disgruntled employee, when in fact the artist (Mick Hill from Berkshire) stated that he was simply "having a bit of fun". Three distinctly naughty details can be identified upon close inspection, the most obvious of which is the two dogs having sex in the tall grass by the picnic table. The two dogs on the card case, however, seem to have no such need for privacy as they are engaged in the act two feet away from the table. The biscuit tin was made in 1979, whereas the card case is from the late 19th century. For more naughtiness and all things in good taste, visit our store and website at https://www.maitreyaantiques.com