Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong in their court dress debuted in two of our specially designed museum grade wall display cases in 2011. After three and a half months of hard work, the two display panels measuring 3W x 5H x 0.7D m were installed in the National Museum Of China
The Kangxi Emperor (r. 1662-1722, personal name Xuanye and posthumous title Shengzu) was the second emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) to rule over China proper. He ascended the throne at the age of eight and reigned for sixty-one years (with the reign name of Kangxi beginning in 1662).
The Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799, personal name Hongli and posthumous title Gaozong) was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) to rule over China proper.
Two paintings of the court dresses of Kangxi Emperor and Qianlong Emperor were painted by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), with an overall dimension of 3m (Length) x 5m (Height) x 0.7 (Thickness), were exhibited in the Ancient China hall, National Museum of China. In order to present the paintings in the closest proximity to viewers, a single piece of glass weighing 612.7Kg was used, which posed a great challenge in the design of the overall structure of the panels. The mainframe of the panel is made of a 27mm-thick steel plate to support the 612.7kg load and protect the displayer from distortion after long-term use. The electric opening system ensures added safety. The electric lifting system makes it convenient to reposition the painting at the ground level. The TCFA system centrally controls all functions. The magnetic display system of the rear dress panel within the displayer helps with the flattening of the exhibit. This system reduces the possible strain and damage caused by gravity to fibrous materials which are hung and displayed vertically.
For the lighting design, after over 20 tests, a final decision was made to utilize two rows of LED spotlights at the top, illuminating from four different angles, which helps achieve even lighting across large-scale paintings and incorporating background lighting with accent lighting. The bottom of the showcase is designed with a set of hidden LED-assisted lighting to complement the lighting. This set of lights is controlled by the TCFA system and the electrics are turned up to start working.