vanities

Chrysanthemum and Dragon: The Art of Ornamentation in Japan and China in the 17th – 19th Century

Exhibition Details

18th March, 2019 – 31st August, 2019
Opening Hours : Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.

Admission Fee : HK$200 includes a guided tour, HK$350 includes a guided tour and exhibition catalogues. Appointments are required. Wednesdays are open free of charge to full-time students with prior arrangement.

About the Exhibition

Liang Yi Museum is delighted to announce its forthcoming exhibition Chrysanthemum and Dragon: The Art of Ornamentation in Japan and China in the 17th – 19th Century, opening on the 19th March 2019 and running until the 31st August 2019. The exhibition will offer an insight into the differing yet equally lavish arts and crafts movements in China and Japan during the 17th to 19th century. Featuring over 180 Japanese objects – including the portable stationery, yatate; and the kiseru tobacco pipe, in addition to over 50 objects from the museum's classical Ming and Qing dynasties furniture collection, Chrysanthemum and Dragon is one of the largest exhibitions to explore the shared decorative traditions of China and Japan, allowing visitors to compare the craftsmanship of both cultures side-by-side. The exhibition is supported by Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong.

While Chrysanthemum and Dragon may focus primarily on our Japanese and Chinese objects, fans of our vanities collection will be thrilled to hear that we have also dedicated a gallery to showcasing 26 of our vanity cases, primarily those that include some sort of smoking accoutrement such as cigarette lighters. Makers include jewellery houses as Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels, and the curated display date from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Compact with a Cigarette Case and a Lighter. 1950s
Gold, enamel, diamond
Compact: H 1.22 x L 7.91 x W 6.6cm
Cigarette case: H 1.5 x L 6.4 x W 9cm
Lighter: H 4.7 x L 3.5 x W 4.8cm
Liang Yi Museum permanent collection