Gujarat is known for its glass paintings, a practice dating from the late 18th c. Reverse glass painting originated in Europe and was introduced to China during the Qing Dynasty’s reign. The trade links between the East India Company and China brought this art form to India. Chinese artist were also patronized by the monarchs of Mysore, Satara and Kachchh. Gradually, local artists started experimenting with glass imported from Belgium and Britain, using bright colours, gold leaves and semi-precious stones. The themes were based on stories of Radha and Krishna, other mythologies as well as the lives of local aristocrats.