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Manuscript Monday – The Original “Wikipedia” – Siku Quanshu


Siku Quanshu - red volumesLive, Free Webinar – Monday, Apr 3, 2023

8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

“The Original Wikipedia:  18th Century Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Siku Quanshu Project”

Guest: Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP    Moderator: Brian Kathenes

In 1772, Emperor Qianlong of China, a prolific poet, major art patron, and insatiable collector, ordered the largest encyclopedic compilation of books in Chinese history.  Within 10 years, a team of more than 350 scholars and hundreds of editors had compiled 36,381 volumes (2.3 million pages) of the Siku Quanshu.  Also known as the Complete Library in Four Sections only seven copies were made. Four of which survive today in Chinese libraries. Learn about this “wikipedia” of Chinese literature, history, philosophy, and classic texts. In addition learn about the remarkable Qing dynasty and the reign of Emperor Qianlong.

About the Speaker:

Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP, is certified appraiser of personal property with a specialty in Asian art, specifically focusing on Chinese decorative and fine art.  She is a professional member of the International Society of Appraisers.  Ms. Lahey holds an Honors BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Classical Chinese Literature from the University of British Columbia, and a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Asian Art from the School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London, England) and Sotheby’s Educational Studies.  Susan lived in Taipei, Taiwan for two years continuing her Mandarin studies and traveling extensively in Asia to study Chinese art collections.  She is the President of Eastern Art Consultants Inc., providing independent appraisal, research, advisory and collection management services since 2010.  Previously, she has worked at the Royal Ontario Museum in various capacities, as well as leading the Asian art department of a local Toronto auction house for six years. Ms. Lahey is a highly sought-after instructor of Asian Ceramics and Chinese Decorative Arts specialty courses. Currently she is the President of the Canadian Chapter of the ISA.

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