The Magnificent Lacquers of Emperor Qianlong

The Magnificent Lacquers of Emperor Qianlong
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There are more than one-hundred works that the Museum of the Forbidden City has made available for this exhibition in collaboration with the Guardian Art Center and which give the idea of the completeness and prestige of one of the true jewels in the vast collection of the City of Emperors - the lacquers from the Qing Epoch, from the reign of Emperor Qianlong. The latter, an impassioned and able collector, not only contributed to the blossoming of various arts, including that of lacquers, but also to enriching the imperial collection with extraordinarily beautiful pieces. It’s no coincidence that of the 18.000 lacquer pieces on hand at the Forbidden City, most are from the Qing Era. As the sections of the exhibition highlight, the lacquers on display mark the various types of production and use of these creations - humble utensils for daily use co-exist with sophisticated pieces used at court for special occasions. Quite stunning as well as the objects in gold lacquer for ornamental use - elements from myth, symbols of good fortune and tradition - produced in great number during the Epoch of Qianlong. This is an opportunity to admire pieces which are not generally on display and that have an immense scholarly value.

Manuela Lietti - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing