I received a press release from the Philadelphia Museum of Art describing the completion of a major renovation to their galleries of Chinese Art. One of the items on display is a magnificent late 18th-19th century dog cage which gives an example of the luxurious lifestyle of the imperial court during the reign of the Qianlong emperor, who obviously wanted his dogs to ride in style as well. I think Theo the Art Dog and Violet the Expressionist Pup would approve.

Check out this view of the top of the cage, including dragons and lions’ heads as well as rows of jade rings. To learn more about this piece, check out the Philadelphia Museum’s website here.

Chinese dog cage detail view

Images are courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.