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2010/75/1-71 Lantern slide (1 of 89), a woman wearing a headdress, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949. Click to enlarge.

Lantern slide by Serge Vargassoff

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 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Lantern slide (1 of 89), a woman wearing a headdress, glass / metal, Serge Vargassoff, Peking, China, 1920-1949

Physical Description

Hand coloured glass lantern slide showing a woman wearing a "Feng Guan" (Phoenix Coronet) decorated with pearls and other jewels. She is probably a bride with silk apparel, embroidered with peaches and flowers. Another possibility is that this woman is about to give a tradition Chinese opera performance.


No marks



81.5 mm


101 mm


2.5 mm




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.



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.

Cite this Object


Lantern slide by Serge Vargassoff 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2022, <>


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