Luxury in China. Asia Week Paris 2024

from 6 June to 24 November 2024

Double gourd (from a pair) - China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong period (1736-1796)
Carved lacquer, known as “Peking lacquer”, on wood
© Les Arts Décoratifs / Jean Tholance

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of cultural relations between China and France and the 7th edition of Asia Week, the Musée des Arts Décoratifsis presenting a new presentation of an important ensemble of Chinese works in its permanent exhibition.

This new presentation highlights the exceptional nature of certain materials and numerous Chinese crafting techniques used since antiquity to create luxury objects. These techniques allowed the sublimation of materials such as jade and other hard stones, porcelain, cloisonné or painted enamel, bronze, lacquered wood, feathers, and glass. All the works presented have been selected from the national collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. They illustrate the production of the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties from the 13th century to the end of the 19th century. This presentation also tells the story of the museum’s collection and the sources of inspiration that these objects have been for artists, designers, and manufacturers for more than 150 years, from the Chinoiserie period of the 18th century to the second half of the 19th century and the Art Nouveau period.

The tour begins in the Jewelry Gallery and continues through the permanent galleries, from the medieval halls to the contemporary rooms.

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