A collection of 290 pieces of Chinese glass tableware, consisting of a number of early works from the second and third century AD, from several dynasties including even the Sui (581-618 AD) and possibly earlier Dynasties; the majority of pieces date, however, from the Qianlong period (1736-1795).

The glasses are brightly coloured to resemble other materials, such as celadon-glazed ceramics and jade. As Lord Crawford noted when the bequest was made in 1930, 'most of the beauty lies in the colour'.


H. R. Burrows-Abbey

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