The exhibition From Lorient to the Orient - Port Cities of China and France on the 18th Century Maritime Silk Route mainly presents the French and Chinese port cities of Lorient, Macao and Canton, located along the eastern maritime trade route. It shows how the French East India Company and the port of Lorient, built by King Louis XIV of France, contributed to the prosperity of the Eurasian maritime trade in the 18th century and their impact on culture, art, religion and daily life in that era. In addition, the Chinoiserie trend in Europe, a result of the continuous cultural exchange between the East and the West, extensively influenced the artworks and daily commodities.
The items on display are from both the Macao Museum and on loan from various museums in France, including the Musée de la Compagnie des Indes - Ville de Lorient, Musée des Arts décoratifs – Département Mode et Textile (Paris), Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Musée de la Toile de Jouy (Jouy-en-Josas), Pierre Frey (Paris), Tassinari & Chatel, Manufacture de soierie à Lyon, France e The Peninsula Hong Kong. The textiles, costumes, oil paintings, prints, porcelain and moulds showcased present the history of the development of Lorient and the Maritime Silk Route between China and France at that time.