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Pair of Églomisé Portraits of a Chinese Emperor & Empress

Adeeni Design Group / Adeeni Design Galerie

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    Pair of Églomisé Portraits of a Chinese Emperor & Empress

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A pair of framed traditional reverse Chinese glass paintings of the Emperor & Empress of the Qing dynasty. The Kangxi Emperor’s personal name was Xuanye. He was the forth emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and the longest- reigning rulers in Chinese history. Empress Xiaochengren, also knows as Lady Heseri, was Kangxi Emperor’s first wife who married Kangxi in 1665. In their portraits both clothed in rich gold and blue silk robes and are sitting on the ornately carved Dragon Throne, the seat of state in “Hall of Supreme Harmony” in the Forbidden City. In an abstract sense, the Dragon Throne and the writings on the screen also refer to the head of state and to the monarchy itself. Reverse glass painting was widely used during the Middle Ages throughout Europe for sacral paintings. The technique spread to Asia via trade routes in the 17th century and was initially executed by European missionaries at the Imperial Court of China. It later became very popular in export paint shops also reflecting Western subject matters. Best known today in the West as verre églomisé, it was named after the French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–86), who framed prints using glass that had been reverse-painted.

Product Specifications

Depth: 0.75
Width: 14.0
Height: 20.0
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Varies (Limited Edition)

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Adeeni Design Group, lead by Claudia Juestel, is a full-service interior design firm working throughout the United States and overseas. Projects cover a wide range of styles and range from traditional to modern, from informal to elegant.

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