Articles on Antique Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Chinese Cultural Development - The Chinese Dynasties

20 Mar 2021, 1:22 p.m. • Sig Au

Neolithic era (around 10,000 B.C.) Chinese civilisation originated in the Neolithic era, from the development of settled communities built up around the main river systems, (namely the Yellow ...

Chinese Armorial Porcelain

20 Mar 2021, 1:34 p.m. • A collector

Chinese Armorial Porcelain – Why collect ? Chinese Armorial Porcelain is often collected for its designs or for the armorials on the different services. However, collecting Chinese Armorial Po...

The Eight Daoist Immortals

20 Mar 2021, 12:58 p.m. • Sig Au

Zhongli Quan Zhongli Quan is the official leader of the Eight Immortals, and is commonly depicted with his bare belly showing. He is known to have many powers, including transmutation a...

Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain

Chinese Kangxi porcelain

20 Mar 2021, 12:03 p.m. • Anthony Gray

Comparing Kangxi and Earlier Porcelain Chinese Kangxi blue and white porcelain at its best is superb and rivals any other Chinese blue and white produced during the earlier periods. It may not...

Buddhist Figures and their Asian Context

Introduction to Buddhist Sculpture

20 Mar 2021, 12:26 p.m. • Robert Mackay

The rapid increase in travel over the last century has led to many people globally becoming familiar with the figure of the Buddha, and very many Buddhist statues are now to be found in the West,...

The Use of Copper Red in Chinese Ceramics

20 Mar 2021, 2:01 p.m. • Lucy Farley

Fig.1 Towards the end of the Tang dynasty (618-906), the kilns at Tonghuan near Changsha were producing over two hundred different forms of ceramic for export, and were also the site of t...

Stories on a Plate

Chinese Blue and white porcelain stories

20 Mar 2021, 8:17 a.m. • Cyril Beecher

Chinese porcelain pots, bowls and dishes, particularly those of the seventeenth century, are often decorated with scenes derived from Chinese stories and novels. Part of the pleasure ...

Brief History Of Chinese Drawings On Pith Paper

20 Mar 2021, 8:37 a.m. • Ifan Williams, November 2003

Chinese watercolours 1 Pith seems not to have been adopted for painting until about 1820. Some European museums claim that their paintings on pith (often erroneously called “rice paper” or ...

Chinese Reign Marks

Interpreting Ming and Qing reign marks

8 Oct 2019, 4:41 p.m. • Anthony Gray

The practice of painting marks on porcelain on a regular basis was established during the Xuande reign near the beginning of the Ming period, in the early 15th century. The mark usually consisted...

Chinese Kangxi Famille Verte Porcelain

20 Mar 2021, 9:01 a.m. • Anthony Gray

Seated biscuit figure of a court official, Kangxi (1662-1722) Chinese Kangxi famille-verte porcelain is innovative and with a character all of its own. The multiplicity of designs and...