Court Arts of the Qing Dynasty: Continuity and Innovation

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Court Arts of the Qing Dynasty: Continuity and Innovation

Court Arts of the Qing Dynasty: Continuity and Innovation

Dates: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February 2022
Times: 14.00–16.00 BST
Location: Online (Zoom)
Tutor: Dr Helen Glaister

Description: Although small in number, the Chinese artworks in the Wallace Collection are remarkable for their rich materiality, artistic innovation and imperial provenance. They provide the starting point for a fascinating exploration of the arts of the Qing court, and their reception in Europe.

In this course we’ll explore artworks in context, including the Gold Cups of Eternal Stability, which are exceptionally rare. They constitute two of an original set of four ritual vessels produced for the Qianlong Emperor (1736-95). Decorated with dragon handles and standing on elephant-headed feet, the gold cups are embellished with precious stones, coral, pearls and kingfisher feathers. We’ll also look closely at a pair of large pagoda-shaped incense burners, produced in polychrome cloisonné – a technique for decorating metalwork – which once stood in palace buildings during the same period.

In Europe, Chinese porcelain and art objects had long been prized for their rare material properties and original aesthetic. Focusing on two pot-pourri vases in the Collection, we’ll also learn how Chinese porcelain was repurposed to suit the demands of fashionable 18th-century society.


Please read the full course description here.


Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticketholders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
23/02/2022 14:00 16:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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