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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Tea Drinking in China


Tea drinking is an essential experience to connect with the past and the present. It’s also a great way to indulge our senses, which is what I think great art is all about.
- Shunan Teng, founder of Tea Drunk.



https://www.christies.com/features/Brewing-tea-in-a-Yixing-teapot-9723-3.aspx

Sunday, 11 August 2019

The Mystery of Ancient Chinese Pottery Finally Cracked!


The mystery of a qingbai ewer (recovered from the ocean floor) is finally cracked with the help of portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF). Given the pXRF's fine detail, it would be very interesting to see what else scientists will uncover about twelfth century manufacturing in China over time :p


https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/scientists-crack-mystery-of-ancient-chinese-pottery-found-in-shipwreck

Sunday, 4 August 2019

10% drop in Art Sales at Sotheby's


Sotheby's cited uncertainties related to Brexit as one reason for the 10% drop in art sales in the first six months of 2019. It would be interesting to see if the art market makes a comeback when the dust finally settles :p


https://news.artnet.com/market/sothebys-final-earnings-report-1613755

Sunday, 28 July 2019

A Fine 'Song Style' Yue Yao Vase For Sale






A fine 'Song Style' Yue Yao vase
H - 28 cm



Interested parties can contact me at           maynaik23@gmail.com for further inquiries.

Chinese Symbols, Motifs and Meanings



I recently came across this informative article on Chinese symbols, motifs and meanings by Christies (in link below), and thought it'd be a useful point of reference for us all.

https://www.christies.com/features/Nature-in-Asian-art-7220-1.aspx

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Yixing and Pottery



500 years ago, Yixing teapots only existed in Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province of eastern China. Today, these exact teapots are exported worldwide. It all started when an inquisitive young man by the name of Gong Chun, decided to pick up the craft and eventually went on to start a trend of making small-sized teapots.


https://www.eater.com/coffee-tea/2016/1/22/10814268/china-teapot-Yixing

Sunday, 7 July 2019

A Foolish and Naive Emperor, The 'Pot of Peace' and an Invasion by The Anglo-French



I think this article serves as a good reminder of the importance of: 
  • strong and competent leadership.
  • surrounding ourselves with a loyal and competent team of advisors.



https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/1906176779