Burrell at Kelvingrove: Collecting Chinese Treasures

Chinese masterpieces from the Burrell Collection are now on view at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. The Collection, which reflects Sir William Burrell’s lifelong passion for art and history, has almost 9000 works of art with the third largest collection of Chinese works of art in Europe in the 20th century.

The Chinese collection containing over 1800 works showcases extraordinary works of porcelain, bronze and jade from the Chinese dynastic periods. They include 146 pieces of jade dating back as far as the Shang dynasty, 170 bronzes and more than 1400 ceramics including objects from the Neolithic period. Among the treasures are Tang dynasty tomb guardian figures, elaborate forms of ritual bronzes over 2,500 years old and a rare Ming dynasty blue-and-white tankard.

The fine selection for this exhibition, ‘Burrell at Kelvingrove: Collecting Chinese Treasures’ has been chosen by Jorge Welsh, an internationally renowned collector, dealer and expert in Chinese art with galleries in London and Lisbon, and Dr Yupin Chung, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art for Glasgow Museums. The opening of this fascinating exhibition was on the 14th of September 2019. It has been extended to the 29th of November 2020.

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