Chinese Glass of the Qing dynasty - Glass Circle Lecture - 14th March 2019

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 14. March 2019 - 18:30
Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


Qing glassware is unique in that its production was managed by European missionaries under the direct patronage of the Chinese emperors. This fact is documented in both Chinese and European historic records. Even the location of the glass factory is known.

In the early 2000s the Palace Museum, Beijing, took stock of the glassware in their stores and published an illustrated catalogue. With that as a reference point Chinese glass in public and private collections worldwide can be compared and a better understanding of this branch of Chinese art has been achieved.

Ming Wilson has been Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 2018. She is now Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

Vase, layer-cut glass, Qianlong reign period (1736-95)    V&A C.1525-1910

Meeting Place : The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N (Gradidge Room, first floor – please give notice if you need help with mobility)        Time:  The lecture will start promptly at 19.15.   Coffee and light refreshments are provided from 18.30.      The meeting will finish by 21.00       NB We need to know if you will attend the meeting for numbers restrictions, for catering or unforeseen changes.   Please inform Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, Meetings Organiser, 8 Millers Croft, Gt Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 8JL, tel. (01245) 604518 or email: by Tuesday 12th March, confirming The talk you wish to attend;

The number of people coming at £10.00 (Members; Guests £15.00 each).  You may pay cash on the night, a cheque made payable to The Glass Circle, or directly into the Circle’s account in which case please inform in advance you are doing so.

Next Meetings: Tuesday 9th April  Thursday 9th May       Queen Square lies between Southampton Row and Gt. Ormond St. It can be reached by Underground using either Russell Sq. (Piccadilly) or Holborn (Piccadilly and Central). Buses 68, 91, 168 and 188 run along Southampton Row and 19, 38, 55 and 505 along Theobald's Rd. Access by car is one-way only: take the first turning to the left off Theobald's Rd (after the junction with Southampton Row) into Old Gloucester St which continues into Queen Sq. The Artworkers’ Guild is half way along on the left. The congestion charge finishes at 6 pm. Cars may readily be parked in Queen Square after 6:30 free of charge.