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.
Opening our eyes to spectacles of the past - Art & Culture in China
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Opening our eyes to spectacles of the past

Believe it or not, the precursors of spectacles can be traced back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220) in China.
Time on their hands: Two collectors pursue love of vintage clock - Art & Culture in China
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Time on their hands: Two collectors pursue love of vintage clock

Most of us rely on mobile phones to rouse us in the morning. But some still find comfort in the rotation of hands and the ticking sounds of passing seconds.
Just for the record: Some of us prefer phonograph music - Art & Culture in China
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Just for the record: Some of us prefer phonograph music

Vinyl records were invented by German-born American Emile Berliner in 1891, spawning an industry that once flourished in Shanghai. 
How China imported an artwork genre and made it its own - Art & Culture in China
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How China imported an artwork genre and made it its own

Introduced sometime around the late 13th century, cloisonné took firm root in China. Such enamelware is called jingtailan in China.

Collector's hands caress the love of his life - Art & Culture in China
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Collector's hands caress the love of his life

Huqin is a family of bowed string instruments frequently used in Chinese traditional music. For a man in his 60s, the instrument is his lifelong lover.

Heirlooms that  preserve ancient  needlework art - Art & Culture in China
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Heirlooms that preserve ancient needlework art

Passed down from generation to generation, needlework skills were a significant part of family life in the days before electricity. Women weaved handicrafts with love.
Sun Bird symbolizes ancestors' world view, intellect, cosmology - Art & Culture in China
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Sun Bird symbolizes ancestors' world view, intellect, cosmology

On October 12, 2005, Shenzhou 6, China's second human spaceflight, was launched. It carried two crew members along with an embroidery featuring a national treasure.
Gloss of an ancient art form never wanes - Art & Culture in China
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Gloss of an ancient art form never wanes

For thousands of years, the culture of lacquerware has played a prominent part in Chinese artistic tradition.
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.
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