Chinese Huanghuali Furniture Gets Attention

What is Chinese Huanghuali Furniture? Huanghuali furniture, the term in Chinese furniture literally means “yellow flowering pear wood furniture”. Huanghuali is a member of the rosewood family and is botanically classified as Dalbergia odorifera. In pre-modern times the wood was known as huali or hualu. The modifier huang (yellowish-brown) was added in the early twentieth […]

Celebrating the Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse Chinese Zodiac Horse Meaning of Year of the Horse 2014 According to the Chinese calendar, when it comes to fortune, 2014 would be a better year for those people who were born under The Year of the Horse. The previous years on the life of a Horse might be filled […]

Chinese Cizhou Ceramics

This bottle is an example of Cizhou ware, a type of ceramic made in the northern part of China during the Song dynasty (960-1279). The term Cizhou encapsulates a range of wares made in several regions of northern China, often consisting of a course stoneware body covered with a white slip (a thin layer of […]

Longquan Celadon Wares

The Longquan kilns are considered among the most characteristic kilns of the Song Dynasty, located also in Zhejiang Province, with kilns at Longquan, Dayao, Jincun and elsewhere. It was established during the Five Dynasties Period and inherited the traditions of the Yue kilns, mainly in the discipline of celadon production. By the Southern Song Dynasty […]

Chinese Cloisonne

The Chinese enameling called cloisonne has been made for centuries. A thin metal wire is bent into shape on a metal vase and soldered into place. Then colored enamels are floated in to fill each space and form the decoration. The word “cloison” is French for “fence” and is the source of the word cloisonne. […]

The Appeal of Song Dynasty Porcelain

“The minimalist look of Chinese Song porcelain fits today’s aesthetic”, says Hong Kong antiques dealer William Chak. He also says that as the tastes of mainland Chinese collectors evolve, they are digging deeper into the country’s history for unique pieces. The dealer, regarded as one of the most influential in the Chinese antique market, says […]

Japanese Katana Buying Tips

A katana is a Japanese sword that is mostly used for sword fights as well as in various ceremonies. It is usually two-feet long and has a curved single edged blade. If you’re fond of watching Samurai movies, you’ll probably be familiar with this sword. Today, katana swords are also used for decorative purposes. A […]

Antique Chinese Vases of Different Eras

Porcelain was invented in ancient China, so it’s not at all surprising that antique Chinese vases are especially coveted. Early on, Chinese and Japanese artisans mastered the art of making stunning vases from the strong, white clay. Before porcelain was perfected, the ancient Chinese potters also invented the celadon glaze, used to make ceramics and […]

Japanese Satsuma and Kutani Porcelain

Nothing is ever easy when it comes to Japanese pottery or porcelain. Indeed, for novices and seasoned collectors alike, terms like “Kutani” and “Satsuma” can be a source of lament, debate and consternation. What is Japanese Satsuma? For one, it is a former Japanese feudal domain in southern Kyushu noted for its role in Japan’s […]

Chinese Folding Screen Room Dividers

Mother of Pearl Inlay Art Lacquer Finish Crane Bird and Pine Tree Design Luxury Handmade Solid Thick Wood Hall Asian Oriental Furniture Home Decor 6-Panel Folding Screen Room Divider Designed to ornament a part of a room, this magnificent Chinese folding screen depicts a serene image of a serene image of cranes and old pine […]

Chinese Art Becomes a Hot Commodity

By Tom McGregor Chinese art, especially its fine art, has a unique style all of its own. When one observes the paintings depicting the country’s imperial dynastic era, they can view a broad array of images, which range from beautiful women dressed in luxurious robes to exquisite representations of natural landscapes, as well as depictions […]

How to Appraise Chinese Antiques

Appraising Chinese antiques begins with discovering the dynasty of the object. Several various markers assist with gaining this knowledge. A seal may actually state the dynasty on the ceramics, painting or furniture. The pattern of the piece may suggest a specific dynasty, giving the appraiser the opportunity to evaluate the pieces worth. 1. Examine the […]

Northern and Southern Styles of Chinese Antiques

Northern and Southern Styles of Chinese Antiques John and YuQing talk about the difference between Northern and Southern Chinese antiques.   A great place to begin your exploration of both Northern and Southern Chinese antiques is the Asian Antiques Shop at http://www.asianantiquebargains.com.

Jingdezhen struggles to maintain its porcelain fame

By Laura Imkamp A bit about Jingdezhen Porcelain Legend has it; Chinese porcelain owes its name to the modest city of Jingdezhen. For roughly 1,800 years, Jingdezhen, whose old name was Changnan, has been home to some of the world’s best and most valuable handmade porcelain. The story goes that as the porcelain industry grew […]

The Evolution of Longquan Porcelain

Longquan porcelain and ceramics are celadon made at the hundreds of kilns in close proximity to Lungquan spot in southwestern part of Zhejiang province, China. By the Song dynasty (960-1279), workmen had founded the Longquan surface signature glossy, greenish coloring, a tradition which carried on through the YuanDynasty (1271-1368) and Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Experts have […]

The Beauty of Imperial Jadeite Jewelry

“Gold is estimable; but Jade is priceless.” –Chinese proverb Shrouded behind a veil of verdant mystery for centuries, the brilliance of jadeite inspired fascinating legends of desire. One such tale tells of a Chinese emperor who offered fifteen cities for a jadeite carving so small that it fit in the palm of his hand. Today, […]

The Origins of Japanese Imari Porcelain

Imari porcelain is the European collectors’ identify for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyishi, and exported from the port of Imari, Saga, specifically for the European export industry. In Japanese, these porcelains are known as Arita-yaki The Ko-Imari and Iro-Nabeshima porcelains generally possess painted decor […]

A little about Japanese Imari Porcelain

Japanese porcelain known as Japanese Imari porcelain is Japanese export porcelain that generally dated from the mid-19th century as rigid self-imposed restrictions on trade in the 17th and 18th centuries limited Japan’s contact with the Western world to a few Dutch traders who brought porcelain out of the port of Imari.  Thus, referred to as […]

A Brief History of Early Chinese Ceramics

By the Shang period (c.1600-c.1050) when stoneware was first produced in China, there was an advanced ceramic technology, with the separate high-fired and low-fired traditions of Chinese ceramics already apparent. The high-fired Yue stoneware produced from the 3rd century AD were the precursors of the great celadon of the Song period and represent a high […]

Chinese Cloisonne, Delicate and Detailed

Chinese emperors so highly prized cloisonné enameling that only certain eunuchs were deemed trustworthy enough to transport the objects between palace rooms. When the government sent Chinese cloisonné gifts outside Peking, bureaucrats from the imperial household traveled with them. “The officials of that department must be present and watch the offerings being delivered safely,” Emperor […]

Chinese antiques a new cash cow for speculators

Lately, Chinese antiques have been attracting huge amounts of speculative capital. However, to secure returns in the future, the special characteristics of this new target call for more considerations than simply the monetary value. Incomplete statistics show that deals worth more than 50 billion yuan were made on China’s auction market on the sale of […]

Chinese Antique Furniture

If you’re planning on changing a room, or possibly your entire home consider the appeal of Chinese antique furniture. A thousand years ago, Low platforms and armrests, screens and mats to sit upon are thought as a Chinese furniture. Lacquered furniture dating back to five hundred BC has been discovered. Chinese furniture with lacquered look […]

Before you dust off that vase, a little advice…

After the £51m find, the nation will be ransacking their houses for would-be treasures by Bunny Campione The news of the elderly lady who was clearing out her late brother’s house in Pinner, north London, and discovered the vase gathering dust on top of the bookshelves, a vase which started life in China’s Imperial Palace […]

Antique Ivory Japanese Netsuke

Antique Ivory Japanese Netsuke – Edo/Meiji Period Zouge Beautiful antique ivory Japanese netsuke. This netsuke is made of antique elephant ivory (zouge in Japanese) with beautiful striation and ring patterns. Expertly carved and with an impressive luster and sheen, this high quality ivory does have some scratches and scuff marks as evidence of past use […]

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is This Week

THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW comes to the Bay Area this week, from October 28-31, 2010. The event is the oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast. The Show features approximately seventy dealers from across the United States and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts […]

The Story of Imari: The Symbols and Mysteries of Antique Japanese Porcelain

Fired in the kilns of Arita, Japan, eight miles south of the seaport town after which it was named, Imari porcelain is distinguished by the beautiful visual effects produced by its blue underglaze and color overglaze enamels. In THE STORY OF IMARI, author Goro Shimura describes the cultural and historical significance of these prized porcelain […]

Antiques and Art Show at the Armory Offers Great Variety

NEW YORK—In pursuit of creating an exceptional living space, why not welcome a piece of history to grace the ambiance in your home this fall? Collectors and antique art lovers will be coursing through more than 60 antique dealer displays starting this Thursday at the Avenue Antiques & Art at the Armory show, searching for […]

Origins of Cloisonne

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or glueing […]

How to Distinguish between Chinese and Japanese Cloisonne

By Sheila Bridge Cloisonne is the delicate art form of decorating various metalwork objects with enamel. This painstaking elaborate art form has become beloved throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Although it is popular even now, the differences between Chinese and Japanese Cloisonne is not well known. While these differences are small, with the right […]

Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty: The World of Khubilai Khan

Extraordinary Chinese Works from Dramatic Era of Khubilai Khan to Open in Landmark Fall Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011 The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor This exhibition will cover the period from 1215, the year of Khubilai’s birth, to 1368, the […]

Tips on Collecting Antique Chinese Porcelain

By Imanuel Mansoor They are made to believe that what they got was genuine and rare, yet upon verification what they get instead are poor imitations. This is a serious issue and this should not happen to you. In order for you to avoid the usual pitfalls of these collectors, it is recommended that you […]