Lantern slide showing Yudai Qiao (Jade Belt Bridge) in the Summer Palace

Made 1920-1949

These glass 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 Varga...

Summary

2010/75/1-27
Glass lantern slide, Yudai Qiao (Jade Belt Bridge) in the Summer Palace, hand coloured glass / metal, made by Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949

Hand coloured glass lantern slide showing the Yudai Qiao (Jade Belt Bridge) with its reflection on the lake surface located in the West Causeway of Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace, Peking.

Dimensions

81 mm
101 mm
2.5 mm

Production

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 the Yudai Qiao (Jade Belt Bridge) which is located in the West Causeway of Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace, Peking. Built during Emperor Qianlong's reign (1736-1795, Qing dynasty), this high and thin bridge was named Jade Belt Bridge because its body and railings are made of gray white and white marbles which combine to resemble a jade belt. Under the bridge, the Kunming Lake inlet led to the Yu River. When the Emperors and Empresses went by boat from the Summer Palace (previously called the Garden of Clear Ripples) to Yuquan Shan (Jade Spring Hill), they would pass under this bridge.

Lying to the west of the Kunming Lake, the Western Causeway was built to imitate the Su Causeway in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The most distinctive features of the West Causeway are the six bridges which ranging from north to south are: Jiehu Qiao (Lake Bound Bridge), Binfeng Qiao (Wind Bridge), Yudai Qiao (Jade Belt Bridge), Jing Qiao (Mirror Bridge), Lian Qiao (White Silk Bridge) and Liu Qiao (Willow Bridge).

Reference:
http://worldvisitguide.com/salle/MS04654.html
1920-1949

Cite this Object

Lantern slide showing Yudai Qiao (Jade Belt Bridge) in the Summer Palace 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <https://ma.as/414857>
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