Monthly Archives: May 2011

lady with flower basket

This figure appears to the side of the lady with child,  she is the maid I think.  We are often asked why these pieces look so ‘new’.  I think people are sceptical of their antiquity and that is not surprising; … Continue reading

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lady on a vase

How beautiful is she?  Chinese this lady, almost certainly Han and her image appears on the tall fine porcelain vase we have in the shop at the moment. An ethereal, exquisitely delicate portrayal taken, I well imagine, from life.  Now this is china painting!  … Continue reading

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a diversion

I couldn’t help taking this photograph today of a stem of the camelia we have in a pot outside our shop.  Actually we have a whole forest (according to some) of plant life in pots outside our windows and it is not … Continue reading

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japonais

  Another example of the art of Japanese ceramics.  The figures illustrated could well be Chinese?  Yes, no? There is something different between the two cultural art styles but I cannot name it !  Perhaps it’s that the Chinese are more robust, … Continue reading

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ceramic art

‘China painting’ has had a bad press for as long as I can remember.  I wonder whether that’s because in the Western experience it has been in recent times rather  ‘women’s work’ or thought a hobby  and so little valued ?  Whatever. It … Continue reading

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something in common

A table and two benches from Shanxi Province in China, 19thC in origin : Shaker cousins ? a bientot

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SHAKER

Lately I’ve suggested that some examples of antique Chinese furniture  are not unlike Shaker furniture, so what am I talking about, do you wonder?  Well, the Shakers were a 19thC religious utopian movement in the US.  They lived a spartan … Continue reading

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essence of simplicity

  A long plain table and a perfect example of that certain plain functionalism that reaches a level of beauty fussiness usually misses.  It makes sense of the ‘less is more’ dictum. It’sfrom Shanxi Province which is pretty much where the Silk Road ended, and so historically home to rich … Continue reading

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found too

This pair of drumseats meet the ‘found’ criteria too, particularly as they are in exactly the obviously aged state in which we came across them.  We always look out for these pieces because they are quite lovely and most unusual in the scheme … Continue reading

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facing east

We found this handsome and very very heavy marble elephant recently in China too.  Unexpectedly, because elephants don’t appear to have  significance in the Chinese cultural landscape.   It’s one of a pair and it is not old, contrary to our usual approach but we … Continue reading

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