Royal Clock in the Qing Dynasty

2013-11-24


Venue: Makeup and Preparation Room 


Watches and clocks are historical testimonies to the cultural exchange between the East and the West. The Qing Dynasty established a Watch and Clock Department in the Imperial Workshop, which was one of the three major production centers with two others in Suzhou and Guangzhou, respectively. The exhibition is mainly divided into six units, that is, Timers in Ancient China, Watches and Clocks of the UK, Watches and Clocks of France, Watches and Clocks of the Switzerland, Watches and Clocks by the Imperial Workshop of the Qing Dynasty, and Watches and Clocks of Emperor Xuantong of the Qing Dynasty. In addition to the Clock Tower in Shenyang used as the clock that set the two-hour periods in the Qing Dynasty, the exhibit also include 24 watches and clocks of the Qing Dynasty produced from the 18th century to the early 20th century collected by the Shenyang Palace Museum, and seven treasure items brought out of the Forbidden City by Emperor Xuantong in the final years of the Qing Dynasty.