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2010/75/1-6 Lantern slide (1 of 89), Jiulong Bi (Nine-Dragon-Screen) in Beihai Park, hand coloured, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949. Click to enlarge.

Lantern slide by Serge Vargassoff

Photographed by Vargassoff, Serge in Peking, China, 1920-1949.

These lantern slides were taken by the Russian-born photographer Serge Vargassoff (1906-1965) who established himself as a professional photographer at the age of 20, in Peking (Beijing), China and became a long-term resident of the city. Later he established a studio 'Serge Vargassoff Photography' at 3A Wyndham Street Hong Kong, as well as working at "Gainsborough Studio, Morning Post Building, Hong Kong". Vargassoff was well known to Hedda Hammer Morrision. Hedda Morrison writes fondly of Varg...


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Object Statement

Lantern slide (1 of 89), Jiulong Bi (Nine-Dragon-Screen) in Beihai Park, hand coloured, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949

Physical Description

Hand coloured glass lantern slide showing a pair of dragons on the Jiulong Bi (Nine-Dragon-Screen) which is a large glazed stone screen with nine-dragon designs in Beihai Park, Peking.


No. 1777



81 mm


100 mm


2.5 mm



Vargassoff, Serge Peking, China 1920-1949


Produced from around 1920 to 1949.

The majority of the slides are duplicate images of Serge Vargassoff's black and white photographs from five albums titled 'Views' and loose prints from the Museum's collection.

This slide shows a panel depicting a pair of dragons playing in the clouds. They are the two of the nine dragons on the Jiulong Bi (Nine-Dragon-Screen) in Beihai Park, Peking. This large glazed stone screen was built in 1756 and is one of three screens of the same kind in China. The screen is decorated on both sides with nine dragons playing in the clouds. Beihai Park is located northwest of the Forbidden City (currently named the Palace Museum, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) and it is a traditional Imperial Park with a long history that starts in the 10th century. During the Qing dynasty it was a part of the Forbidden City and since 1925 it has been open to the public.




The glass slides were donated by Vera Vargassoff, niece of Serge Vargassoff.

Vargassoff's photographs were awarded and published. His studio works are found in Mario Prodan's 'Certain Ming Ivories' published in 1941 by Popular Island Press Peking. His two photographs that are also part of the collection of this collection of lantern slides were contributed for the article 'The Lotus' by Eleanor Consten published in '20th Century, Volume 6'. His photograph of 'The main temple of Ta Hui-Ssu in Peking' also won the second prize of the first photo contest of the magazine under the theme of Buddhism and is also included in this collection.

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Lantern slide by Serge Vargassoff 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 April 2020, <>


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