Chinese Peking Glass: A Fusion of Color

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Chinese Peking Glass: A Fusion of Color

During the mid-eighteenth century, the palace workshops, influenced by the Jesuit missionaries, led to the development of the Western style shapes and articles in glass which were created to please the Emperor. Some of the motifs were taken from nature (flowers and birds), some from mythology (dragons), and some depict human figures.

Our collection features glassworks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Examples shown include opaque and clear glass with carved overlays in red, green, blue, yellow, purple, and orange. Court center vases, Imperial yellow bowls, covered jars, cups, snuff bottles, foliate dishes, disks and other select pieces will be featured. In addition, carvings with multiple colors of casing in both monochrome and cased glass will be shown.


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