Advance Notice: Third Anniversary Special Exhibition—’S for Snuff – an overview of 18th century Qing royal snuff bottles’
May 9, 2014
On May 18, 2011. Shanghai Museum Of Glass was officially opened. On the each Anniversary of Shanghai Museum of Glass, We sharing with you the Joy Brought by Ancient Glass Exhibition series. Offering an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the wisdom of ancient craftsmen.
After the 1st Anniversary ,Moonlight Whispers — an Exhibition of Ancient Glass Ear Jewelry and the 2nd Anniversary , Exhibition of Dragonfly Eye Beads of the Warring States Period. The Ancient exihibition is yet another bold experiment and breakthrough by the Shanghai Museum of Glass, providing one delight after the next for visitors.
Glass has a development history of over 3000 years in China. In ancient times, as glass manufacturing required the special high temperature condition and very complex process technologies, glassware was always luxuries preferred by royal families, military and political leaders and top class. As glassware looks clear, translucent, sparkling, moistening, ancient people regarded them as invaluable assets and symbols of identity and honors. When it came to Qing Dynasty, Emperors Kangxi, Qianlong and Yongzheng loved glassware very much, so they even built glass factories under royal workshops at all costs in the Forbidden City and invited foreign missionaries to station at and manage these workshops. A lot of skillful craftsmen were hired to create a large number of incomparable glassware for the royal palace of Qing Dynasty. The beautiful glassware became exquisite artworks appreciated and played by nobles in the Forbidden City. At the same time, emperors of Qing Dynasty regarded glass works as new favorites and important articles for rewarding.
On May 18, the Shanghai Museum of Glass celebrates its third anniversary. This milestone is celebrated with the exhibition: ‘S for Snuff – an overview of 18th century Qing royal snuff bottles’.