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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Chinese Porcelain (as Decor Pieces)


Just wanted to share this simple guide on Chinese porcelain (as decor pieces). Hope you find this a useful point of reference:)


https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/south-east-se-asia/china-art/a/chinese-porcelain-decoration

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Only One out of Four Yuan-Ming Jun Wares Sold at Christie's Hong Kong



It's interesting that only one out of four Yuan-Ming Jun wares managed to be sold at Christie's Hong Kong recent spring sales. However, given all of the bowls offered are similar in shape and sizes, I am inclined to agree that the lack of uniqueness could be one of the reasons leading to the flop.

Having said that, I must say the numbered one bulb bowl was my favourite among the three unsold pieces :p What about the rest of you?



https://en.thevalue.com/articles/christies-jun-ware-masterpieces

Legendary Collector Robert Chang Pays a Whooping 540,000Euros for Qianglong White Jade Vase


Hmm....it's interesting how white jade pieces have been highly sought-after in recent years. It would be interesting to see if this trend changes over time.

https://en.thevalue.com/articles/art-d-asie-christies-paris-spring-2019-result

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Junkunc Jade Dragon Head Fails to Sell at Christie’s New York


The only Tang-dynasty jade dragon head (in private hands) fails to find a new owner at Christie's New York despite pre-sale hype....

It's interesting how the sentiment in the room changed so quickly. I personally couldn't help but wonder if it would have been snapped up had Christie's been willing to settle for a 'modest' US$2.2million.


https://en.thevalue.com/articles/junkunc-jade-dragon-head-tang-christies-fail

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Thank you, BBC!



While the documentary may have been a short one, I am so glad BBC was literally granted full access to the Terracotta warriors from the Qin dynasty! I was particularly pleased that viewers were given a glimpse of the hidden 'stamps of quality control' found on some of the Terracotta warriors.


https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07n8vwl/how-mass-production-shaped-history

Saturday, 7 September 2019

US$36m for An Imperial “Nine Dragon” Lacquer Throne, A Celadon Glazed ‘Chrysanthemum’ Teapot, A Jade Animal-Shaped Plaque and A Blue and White Red ‘Dragon’ Bottle Vase


I couldn't help but noticed the stark difference in pricetag between the blue and white vase (Yongzheng period) and the magnificent imperial three-coloured carved 'nine dragon' lacquer throne (Qianlong period) paid by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian. Could it be that ceramics is still more in demand than lacquer items?


https://en.thevalue.com/articles/liu-yiqian-collector-chinese-antiques-auction?fbclid=IwAR3Zli6m61LvLm5snqlNV7o_6QzxRYXMb5cssdsowNDFMRhFREZv0vrmy9Y

Sunday, 1 September 2019

The Numerous Roles of Mirrors in Chinese History


While mirrors have been reduced to nothing more than a grooming aid in modern times, it's amazing how they were also used as ornaments, tokens of love, gifts, religious items in Taoism and burial objects in the ancient Chinese culture!

https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/1807289481/