An Overview of Qing Glass

25 1835–1912 Our last period, again overlapping a bit with the previous one, is from the latter part of the Daoguang period through to the end of the Qing dynasty, say from 1835–1912. While court glass carving obviously declined rapidly from the late Daoguang period into the Xianfeng era, private glassmaking seems to have Fig. 96. Cinnabar-red overlay on a white ground carved to illustrate on each side four boys linked together to share two heads and two sets of legs and arms, 1780–1850. Bloch Collection. Fig. 97. Blue overlay on a pinkish-white ground carved in the shape of a peach with a severed leafy branch wrapped around it, 1770–1880. Bloch Collection. Fig. 98. Brown and golden-yellow double overlay on a transparent ground with chilong dragons amidst clouds. flourished, if the Li Junting School is anything to go by. However, certain political events caused considerable disruption at court and throughout the country, putting a stop to a good deal of demand for artworks, and diverting attention from luxury goods to political survival. The Opium War from 1840–1842 was the first event to dent Imperial prestige, but the most damaging nationally was the Taiping Rebellion, which raged through China with devastating effect from 1851 for a decade or more with immense loss of life and destruction of property. After the end of the Taiping Rebellion there is a period known as the Tongzhi Restoration, when things began to pick-up again Fig. 95. Ruby-red overlay on a snowflake ground carved to illustrate a dragon seeking the flaming pearl. Fig. 99. Multi-colored overlay on a snowflake ground carved to illustrate pomegranates and bats.

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