Antique Chinese Snuff Bottles

It’s not clear how snuff, what we know as powdered tobacco, first made it to China in the early to mid-1600s. It may have arrived via traders from Portugal or Russia, or it could have been brought by invading Manchus. What we do know is that once the members of Imperial Court caught a whiff, […]

Chinese Ge ware – One of the Five Great Wares of the Song Dynasty

by Irv Graham Chinese Ge ware, along with Guan, Ru, Ding and Jun, comprise the ‘Five Great Wares of the Song Dynasty’. The problems of distinguishing the two crackled wares, Guan, and Ge, were discussed at length during a three-day conference held at the Shanghai Museum in 1992, and while no unanimity of opinion was […]

Vintage Chinese and Japanese Textiles

By Cherie Fehrman Chinese and Japanese embroideries are increasingly difficult to find Peking stitches (French knots) were used to create a beautiful composition of fruit, flowers, and bats on this 19th-century Chinese silk skirt. (Courtesy of Forgotten Luxury) Chinese embroidered textiles often cause gasps among Western needle workers because their beauty and the obvious skill […]

Antique Chinese Doucai Porcelain

Chinese Antique Doucai Porcelain When looking at any porcelain try to understand how many months or years it took to create it. I have found that at every level of society, people have been uninformed about Chinese art and its production and history. It would be wise to invest in books with large photographs of […]

An Overview of Buying Chinese Antiques

Chinese antiques are really alluring to individuals from all over the world. Chinese history is exceptionally culturally rich, and the items from its history display this rather well, triggering many individuals from all walks of life to look for these valuable antiques. While some individuals are collectors of Chinese antiques, others just desire a few […]

Japanese Kutani ware

Japanese Kutani ware porcelain Kutani ware dates to the Edo period (circa 1655). Kutani means Nine Valleys in the Kaga province. The production of these fine decorative ceramics was enhanced when magnetite was discovered in a gold mine in the Kutani village region (near the city of Kaga, Japan). Kutani had high quality clay and […]

Moriage ware

About Moriage ware Moriage pieces show the American and European interest in Orientalism in the late 1800s. Typically moriage pieces are hand painted and gilded with gold leaf. These pieces are typical of the objects found in a Victorian home. Unmarked Moriage ware Moriage is usually unmarked. So, most people figure if it isn’t marked, […]

Famille Rose Porcelain

by Irv Graham History of Famille Rose and Famille Verte Porcelain The Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) was a golden period for Chinese ceramics. Famille verte, brightly colored and translucent with a color scheme based on different shades of green combined with tones of red, blue and yellow, was introduced at the start of the 18th century. […]