Sidebar: Liangyi museum
The Fungs choose five of their best items:
- Ceremonial platform
One of the first things visitors will see. The huanghuali piece was first thought to be a daybed, but with its ornate decoration and imperial size, it is a ceremonial platform that the emperor alone would have been allowed to sit on, when he was performing religious rites.
- Tiered table with inlaid top
A tiered table made from zitan wood is unusual, and much more so when combined with an inlaid top. This table was discovered in Wuxi and combines the Qing love of zitan with the minimalistic Ming-style simplicity.
- Zitan standing screen
The craftsmanship of this particular piece suggests that it is the work of the Qing imperial workshops and dates from the 18th century. It was previously exhibited at the National Museum of History in Taipei.
One of our favourites from the vanities section is from jeweller Lacloche, which is sadly no longer in business. This nécessaire from 1925 is made of gold, enamel, jade, diamonds and ivory, and perfectly captures the colour palette of Orientalism.
- Vanity case
Another stunning piece is this vanity case from Cartier. It comes with an attached chain so it can be carried around the finger. The pink has retained its vibrancy throughout the decades, and the central piece of jade is a work of art in itself.