Art of Gifting: The Fuyun Xuan Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles


  • Date
    From 2024.04.12
  • Venue
    Chinese Antiquities Gallery, 3/F
  • Fee
In 2023, the Hong Kong Museum of Art received a generous donation from Mrs Josephine Sin comprising 490 sets of Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Fuyun Xuan Collection, which is the most extensive and comprehensive of its kind ever received by a museum in Hong Kong. Established by the late local collector Mr Christopher Sin, the Fuyun Xuan Collection is recognised as one of the most important private collections of snuff bottles in the world. Featuring the gems of Mr Sin’s lifelong collection, this donation represents a significant gift to Hong Kong from the donor couple.

Epitomising the finest skills and artistry of Chinese artisans, the small and delicate snuff bottles soon became popular among nobilities and high-ranking officials since emerging in the early Qing dynasty, and were often given as precious gifts in diplomatic, official and social settings. This exhibition will showcase the whole of this set of 490 Chinese snuff bottles from the Fuyun Xuan Collection donated by Mr Christopher Sin and Mrs Josephine Sin, and with the theme of gifting, we invite the audience to step into the unique, kaleidoscopic world of these miniature yet precious gifts.   

The exhibition is also one of the activities in the Chinese Culture Promotion Series. The LCSD has long been promoting Chinese history and culture through organising an array of programmes and activities to enable the public to learn more about the broad and profound Chinese culture. For more information, please visit




Unveiling the Establishment of the Fuyun Xuan Collection (Concluded)
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will host a public talk by Mr Humphrey Hui, a renowned collector in Hong Kong who was a close friend of Mr Sin. During the talk, he will share with the audience first-hand stories about Mr Sin's journey in establishing his collection, and shed light on selected pieces from the collection to unveil the artistic, cultural and historical significance of these miniature treasures.

Date: 2024.05.19 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Venue: The Hall, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Speaker: Mr Humphrey Hui (Renowned Hong Kong Collector)
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free

*Enrollment is not required. Admission opens 15 minutes before the start of the talk. Limited quota available on a first-come, first-served basis.

【Guided Tour】

Curator-led Guided Tour
This curator tour of the exhibition “Art of Gifting: The Fuyun Xuan Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles” will take participants on a journey to get to know more about the exquisite craftsmanship and artistry showcased by snuff bottles, which come in various forms and materials as a miniature embodiment of Chinese art and crafts.

Date: 2024.04.26 (Friday)
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 nn
Venue: Chinese Antiquities Gallery, 3/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free
Quota: 30

*Enrollment is not required. Limited quota available on a first-come, first-served basis.
*This guided tour is a special programme for National Security Education Day.