China

In addition to some 950 diverse examples of Chinese snuff bottles (the collecting of which was one of Chester Beatty’s lifelong passions), the Chinese collection encompasses paintings, court textiles, manuscripts, rare books and prints from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1644; 1644-1911). Among the numerous works prepared at imperial command, a group of fifteen exquisitely carved jade books and three hand-written volumes of the Great Encyclopedia of the Yongle Reign are of especial importance.

Paintings of insects and fish
early 19th century
China
CBL C 1382

Highlights

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  • Fur-lined yellow silk dragon robe
    1820-1850
    China
    CBL C 1050

    1 / 9

  • Song of the jade bowl written by the imperial brush (Yubi yu weng ge)
    1745
    China
    CBL C 1001

    2 / 9

  • Story of Ying Ying (Yingying zhuan)
    Yu Zhiding
    late 17th century
    China
    CBL C 1108

    3 / 9

  • Paintings of birds and flowers
    Hu Feitao
    18th century
    China
    CBL C 1335

    4 / 9

  • Paintings of insects and fish
    early 19th century
    China
    CBL C 1382

    5 / 9

  • South façade of the Palace of Harmonious Delights from Pictures of European palaces and waterworks
    1781-1787
    China
    CBL C 1608

    6 / 9

  • Illustrations of Agriculture and Sericulture (Yuzhi Gengzi tu)
    Jiao Bingzhen
    1696
    China
    CBL C 1717.1

    7 / 9

  • Great Encyclopedia of the Yongle Reign (Yongle dadian)
    1562-1567
    China
    CBL C 1757

    8 / 9

  • Snuff bottle in the shape of a court lady
    1790-1830
    Jingdezhen
    CBL C 0375

    9 / 9

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Dublin Castle
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