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.
Past lifestyle mainstays are modern collectibles - Art & Culture in China
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Past lifestyle mainstays are modern collectibles

Yesterday's precious pieces of paper are today's collectors' items. 
Fragrant essence of incense, today and in the past - Art & Culture in China
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Fragrant essence of incense, today and in the past

Coming down from time immemorial, incense in China is traditionally used in daily life, such as religious ceremonies and medicine.
Cigarette packs yield trove for non-smoker - Art & Culture in China
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Cigarette packs yield trove for non-smoker

The cigarette cards, made of light cardboard, were originally used to maintain the shape of soft cigarette packs. They also provided an ideal medium for advertising. 
Traditional inksticks and the backstories of their ancestry - Art & Culture in China
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Traditional inksticks and the backstories of their ancestry

Ancient literati used inkstick rather than bottled ink to write calligraphy. It is considered one of the "Four Treasures of Study" along with the brush, paper and the inkstone.
History of fire-making kindles a collection - Art & Culture in China
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History of fire-making kindles a collection

Having no lighters or even matches, our ancestors use primitive ways to start a fire. 
The collector who thinks outside the box - Art & Culture in China
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The collector who thinks outside the box

The antique boxes might look ordinary but wait until you see what inside.
The Kitchen God and traditional stove art - Art & Culture in China
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The Kitchen God and traditional stove art

In about two weeks, the Kitchen God, or Stove God, will return to the heaven and gives an annual report on every household to the Jade Emperor. 
Old badges reveal history, character of Chinese schools - Art & Culture in China
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Old badges reveal history, character of Chinese schools

Coming from primary schools to universities in all sorts of shapes, the school badges collected by Ye Wenhan tell the history and mottos of schools across China. 
Designer homes for our feathered friends - Art & Culture in China
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Designer homes for our feathered friends

Yan Hujin, 82, has been making birdcages for more than 40 years. The legendary  and philanthropic man revived the iced-plum-roof birdcage, a technique lost for around 200 years.
The fabric of Chongming cultural heritage is homespun - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

The fabric of Chongming cultural heritage is homespun

For Chongming women, homespun fabric is more than just the stuff of making clothes. It also serves as a dowry, a diary and a history.
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