Chapter headings from the book “A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary : together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet . . .” which was published in London in 1738 by Edward Cave. Jean-Baptiste du Halde, author. Probably translated by Emanuel Bowen. An English translation of a French work.

The Translator’s Preface. Page 8. Collections of the Boston College Libraries.  Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofemp00duha/page/n8/mode/2up
Author’s preface. Page 22. Collections of the Boston College Libraries.  Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofemp00duha/page/n22/mode/2up
Heading with a portrait of Emperor Kang-Hi of China, who died 20 December 1722. in the 6 I (sic) year of his reign drawn at the age of 32. Page 37. Collections of the Boston College Libraries.  Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofemp00duha/page/n37/mode/2up

Cloisonné enamel with a whiff of something else. Chinese opium boxes all from a while back.

Opium boxes. 18th and 19th c.
Opium boxes. 18th and 19th c. Chinese. Cloisonné enamel. Enameled inside and out with floral and other motifs. Image © Lauritz Auctions, Stockholm. Fair use license. via https://www.lauritz.com/en/auction/a-collection-of-opium-boxes-cloisonne-china-4/i4762118/#

Octangular opium box and furnace holder. Antique.
Octangular opium box and furnace holder. Antique. Cloisonné enamel. Image © 2016 / GALERIE LAMY ORIENTAL FINE ARTS BRUSSELS. Fair use license. via https://www.galerielamy.com/octangular-cloisonne-enamel-opium-box-furnace-holder.html

Opium boxes. Late Qing dynasty.
Opium boxes. Late Qing dynasty. Cloisonné enamel. Image © 2019 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/asian/chinese/three-chinese-cloisonne-and-enameled-opium-boxes-late-qing-dynasty3-1-8-h-x-3-w-x-1-5-8-d-inches-79-x-76-x-41-cm-la-total-3/a/5334-78161.s

Opium drost container. 19th c.
Opium drost container. 19th c. Cloisonné enamel. Image © 2016 / GALERIE LAMY ORIENTAL FINE ARTS BRUSSELS. Fair use license. via https://www.galerielamy.com/cloisonne-opium-drost-container.html

Chinese export candlesticks. In silver and in porcelain and mostly late 19th century. All beautiful.

Candlesticks in the form of a fire breathing dragon. ca. 1890.
Candlesticks in the form of a fire breathing dragon. ca. 1890. Chased and embossed silver with applied protruding arms and legs. MakMaker’s mark: WH (Wang Hing & Company). Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/tableware/antique-chinese-export-silver-dragon-candlesticks-circa-1890/id-f_2943772/

Candlesticks with porcelain parrots. 19th c.
Candlesticks with porcelain parrots. 19th c. Porcelain with an ormolu mount. Maker not known. Sold by Christies in 1998. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/57428421_chinese-export-porcelain-and-ormolu-candlesticks

Rose medallion candlesticks. Antique.
Rose medallion candlesticks. Antique. Image © Northeast Auctions. Fair use license. via https://northeastauctions.com/product/five-chinese-export-porcelain-rose-medallion-candlesticks-heights-6-to-12-inches/