The Blue Willow Snowglobe is inspired by the classic English China pattern first introduced in 1780. Inside the globe is a scene based on the Chinese folk tale the pattern is based on, where doomed lovers were transformed into immortal doves. It's a beautifully made piece that is captivating to watch in swirling, glittery action.
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, opened to the public in 1923, a gift to the nation from Charles Lang Freer. The Gallery contains an extensive collection of oriental art, prints, sculpture and silk panels, as well as a major group of 19th and 20th century American works.