Monthly Archives: April 2011

chock-a-block !!

That’s what we are !  The shop is bursting at the seams with all the things we’ve just unloaded.  It’s been ages since it was this full and it is making it difficult to photograph pieces effectively but we will … Continue reading

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more art of tibet

I’m almost inclined to make no comment about this piece; it really does speak for itself, isn’t that what the Bard said ?  Just to put it in a bit of context: it’s vintage Tibetan, about 70 years old, completely original except for … Continue reading

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Good Friday

We’re all shutdown for Good Friday.  Tomorrow we’ll pick up the threads of ordinary life again and continue unloading and organizing the new shipment, til then…peace be with you. adieu

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breaking the fast

For the last few days this little scene has been in our shop window.  I used some of our own old English china to set this lovely dropside table that we have in stock as if for breakfast.  Lots of people stopped and looked… … Continue reading

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a painting table

Par excellence?  A long table and wide too with simplicity of line and form but showing subtle signs of its age and past life with a gentleman of means and cultivated tastes (probably)  .  The edge is slightly raised so that the brushes and scrolls … Continue reading

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moon-gate to a courtyard

The courtyard of a traditional Chinese house was thought to be the area of the house where ‘man (sic) connected with heaven’.  This beautiful moon-gate is meant to suggest the serenity that awaits one in the small courtyard framed beyond.  I have only ever … Continue reading

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heritage screens

This is an interestingly different sort of vintage screen I think because it’s quite art deco in its style, not the traditional more ‘filigreed’ type. (Is that a word?)  Though come to think about it my reference books show screens … Continue reading

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inside ancestral halls

These images say it all.  Can’t you imagine the intensity of life in surroundings like this?  Nothing bland or inconsequential here ! And, they wonderfully illustrate the historical place and significance of all the elegant wooden lattices and screens and balustrading in these magnificent dwellings. a … Continue reading

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reflections on chinese dwellings

I have a book picked up in Shanghai about 10 years ago, Living Heritage, and the preface makes some very interesting observations.  One reflects on the Chinese word jiating which is generally used to refer to the domicile of a family, but … Continue reading

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companion buddha

I can imagine life with this fellow.  He has a calm reflective presence that’s very human, humane even, and it would reassure me when I looked at him.  He’s a buddha image that we found in China not long ago.  … Continue reading

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