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.

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.

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?

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!