Chinese Antiques

The ancient arts and crafts of China, for centuries, have attracted international attention for their intricacy and subtlety. From porcelain to jade, furniture, paintings and screens and scrolls, they embody the essence of Chinese history and culture. This series explores some of the best examples of Chinese antiques.
The ancient arts and crafts of China, for centuries, have attracted international attention for their intricacy and subtlety. From porcelain to jade, furniture, paintings and screens and scrolls, they embody the essence of Chinese history and culture. This series explores some of the best examples of Chinese antiques.
Intricate carving art has a future, knock on wood - Art & Culture in China
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Intricate carving art has a future, knock on wood

Yu Lixin is an acknowledged master of woodcarving. Apart from a pair of skilled hands, he also has a pair of keen eyes.
Ships inside bottles: How do they do that? - Art & Culture in China
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Ships inside bottles: How do they do that?

Dozens of ancient Chinese boats are "berthed" at the Putuo branch of the Liu Haisu Art Museum as part of an exhibition displaying the maritime art.
The essentials of artwork: ink and brushes - Art & Culture in China
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The essentials of artwork: ink and brushes

Located on Nanshan Road in Jing'an District, a shabby building amid a heap of ruins houses the ink factory of Cao Sugong and the calligraphy brush factory of Zhou Huchen. 
Artisans turn cork from everyday item into delicate works - Art & Culture in China
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Artisans turn cork from everyday item into delicate works

Once prevalent, carving with cork has been a fading art form in China in recent decades, with few artisans remaining. Meet two of them striving to keep the heritage craft alive.
For precious art in poor health, the doctor is in - Art & Culture in China
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For precious art in poor health, the doctor is in

Over the past 40 years or so, Wei Wenfu has restored thousands of paintings and calligraphy works. Many museums have also sought his help to restore collection pieces.
Xs mark the spot: Embroidery style defines this town - Art & Culture in China
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Xs mark the spot: Embroidery style defines this town

Luojing cross-stitch with a history of over 300 years distinguishes the town. A local woman in her 40s is dedicated to inheriting and extending the embroidery technique.
Never heard guqin played? Please take a listen - Art & Culture in China
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Never heard guqin played? Please take a listen

Chinese traditional instruments, long considered a bit fuddy-duddy by the young generation, are now attracting youthful audiences and musicians. 
As the nation walks on eggshells amid virus, an artisan carves them - Art & Culture in China
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As the nation walks on eggshells amid virus, an artisan carves them

When the nation calls on its citizens to apply their skills to the fight against coronavirus, artisans respond in their spheres of talent. 
For calligraphy, you need the proper brush - Art & Culture in China
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For calligraphy, you need the proper brush

Turning weasel hair into a calligraphy brush, the technique is described by a professional as "living fossil," which is as rare as discovering a dinosaur fossil.
A distant mirror on ancient beauty secrets - Art & Culture in China
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A distant mirror on ancient beauty secrets

The modern-day obsession with looking attractive is nothing new. Ancient Chinese equally cared about appearance and developed natural-based cosmetics to enhance their looks.
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