Empress Dowager Cixi

  • Our programs for the next 3 weeks will feature undoubtedly the world's most important collection of artifacts associated with one of the last Ching Dynasty rulers, the Empress Dowager Cixi. Chris' collection includes 30 paintings done by her, some in collaboration with her teacher, some entirely in her own hand. Included also are paintings done by her son and by her nephew, both emperors in their own right. We have extraordinary pieces of mid-19th century porcelain from the royal kilns that rival the best of Ming porcelain, elegant carved lacquer from the early 20th century that shows that the Imperial workshops were continuing to turn out masterpieces late in the Imperial period, a magnificent cloisonne vase that nothing ever done in France surpasses, and much more. Every expert on Chinese art and antiques will be overwhelmed and amazed that such a collection exists. Please tune in  the next 3 Sunday evenings, beginning this Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT.