To learn more about China's emperors and the Yongzheng period, click here.
Speaking of stunning imperial art, this Peacock-tail-shaped traveling sundial and compass, from the Qianlong period (1736—95), was included in the three emperors exhibition two years ago. The piece belongs to The Palace Museum, Beijing.
This writing set from the Qianlong period is carved red lacquer, cloisonné enamel, ivory and other materials, also from The Palace Museum, Beijing.
On a loosely related note, Grant K. Gibson recently visited the lovely home of Suzanne Rheinstein and photographed her many exquisite chinoiserie and Asian pieces. It's a must see. Below are the cricket boxes I mentioned a few months ago.
Image via Grant K. Gibson