ROYAL STYLE: QING DYNASTY AND WESTERN COURT JEWELRY
Taipei National Palace Museum
June 9 - September 9, 2012
From June 9th through September 9th, 2012 the exhibition Royal Style: the Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewelry was on show at the Taipei National Palace Museum.
The exhibition included the collections of the Taipei National Palace Museum, the Shenyang Palace Museum and the Cartier Collection. It was an opportunity to view the splendor of two different civilizations and provided insight into the importance of jewelry, accessories and precious objects as symbols of power.
On loan from the museum in Shenyang, the 74 pieces, some of which belonged to the last emperor Puyi (1906-1967), complemented the 160 Qing court jewels (1644-1911) selected from the collection of the Taipei National Palace Museum.
Alongside them, 232 pieces from the Cartier Collection illustrated the orders placed with the jeweler by a clientele made up of European aristocrats, wealthy US industrialists and businessmen, Indian princes and members of Café Society. The exhibition was also an opportunity to understand the influence of non-European art on the work of a Western jeweler; in which art from the Far East occupies a key role.