The Museum exhibits some superb examples of Chinese jades from Qing period (1644-1911).

The jade was appreciated in China for its hardness, translucence, its colors and its soft tactile qualities. It was used to create precious objects. The mysterious mystical aura, that surrounded jade since Neolithic, could be traced back to the difficult processing: because its hardness, the jade cannot be carved and engraved. It is grounds and polished with drills, using sand or other abrasives mixed with water. The old grinding process, using a foot treadle to turn the drill, was extremely laborious, one piece taking months or even years to be completed.

The Qianlong jades, while lighter and more decorative than the sober works of the Ming (1368-1644), reach a high point of elegance and creative invention. The artists took motifs from all periods and combined them in graceful sculptures in archaistic style.

Incense burner, China, Qing, 4 x 13,5 cm, inv. n. 9586/8901
Vessel, China, Qing, jade, length cm 16, inv. n. 9585/8900
Jug, China, Qing, jade, height cm 13, width cm 16, inv. n. 9594/8906
Jug, China, Qing, jade, height cm 18,3, inv. 9589/8896
Incense burner, China, Qing, jade, height 17,4, diameter cm 16,7, inv. 9590/8894
Ruyi sceptre, China, Qing, jade, inv. 9593/8961
Zoomorphic figure, China, Qing, jade, height cm 7, lenght 28, inv. 9595
Zoomorphic figure, China, Qing, jade, length cm 9, inv. n. 9592/8910
Saucer, China, Qing, jade, diameter cm 10,5, inv. 9583/9058
Vase, China, Qing, jade, height cm 11,2, inv. n. 9592/8910
Table screen, China, Qing, jade and wood, height 22,5, width cm 22, inv. 9587/8940
Bowl, China, Qing, jade, h 10,4 x diam 17 cm, inv. n. 9591/8895
Incense burner, China, Qing jade, height cm 12,5, width cm 19, inv. 9584/8892