Shanghai hosts French crystal exhibition

A crystal exhibition opened at Hengfu Art Center in Shanghai on Thursday, featuring more than 400 crystal pieces produced in a small northeastern French village of Baccarat. 

The exhibition features works ranging from classic French art pieces to Chinese art decors, dating between the 1820s and 1930s, with some commissioned by world leaders and celebrities. 

One of the highlights is "Ship and Table." It was molded and cut in crystal, and gilded in bronze. This masterpiece comprises more than 100 pieces of crystal. More than 49 glass-makers spent 3,700 hours to make it. 

The exhibition also dedicated a special section for pieces that were inspired by Chinese culture. This section displays nearly 30 crystal pieces, such as carp vases and dragon decorations. 

Built in the 1920s, Hengfu Art Center was once used as a club for a Freemasonry organization. The exhibition runs until February 8 and the ticket is priced at 108 yuan.