French Anonymous, Canton factories for European merchants, 18thc, Musee Thomas Dubree-Musee Archaeologic, Nantes
Canton is located on the south coast of China. The convenient transportation systems of both sea and river made the town an ideal foreign trade port. Here European and Chinese merchants negotiated orders of porcelains such as quantity, price and design. The orders would be send upriver to JingDeZhen where porcelain factories were located. From the early 18th century, with the increased demand for enameled porcelains, Europe established factories in Canton for overglaze painting. Canton was not only important for being a trade center but also famous for its enamel ware.