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Articles on Antique Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art - Guest and Gray

Articles on Antique Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Antique Chinese Famille-Rose Porcelain

• Anthony Gray

Chinese famille-rose porcelain refers to Chinese porcelain decorated with predominantly pink coloured enamel, made from colloidal gold, which was first used in the late Kangxi period. In early ...


Chinese Cultural Development - The Chinese Dynasties

• 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 Yello...


Buddhist Figures and their Asian Context

• 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 Wes...


The Eight Daoist Immortals

• 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 transmuta...


Stories on a Plate

• 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 ...


Tests for Antique Amber

• Anthony Gray

Some types of amber have become extremely valuable, so I think listing various tests for amber is useful. Amber.jpg Amber is formed from tree resin which contains succinic acid; when a...


Chinese Kangxi Famille Verte Porcelain

• Anthony Gray

Fine large famille verte baluster vase, Kangxi (1662-1722) Chinese Kangxi famille-verte porcelain is innovative and with a character all of its own. The multiplicity of designs and thei...


Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain

• Anthony Gray

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 have the simple vigour of the Yongle bl...


Brief History Of Chinese Drawings On Pith Paper

• 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” o...


Chinese Armorial Porcelain

• 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 ...