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 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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Sandalwood fans: staying sweet and cool

Sandalwood fans offer not only thermal comfort and the visual enjoyment, but also a pleasant fragrance.
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Seconds out as season for cricket fighting arrives

The tradition of raising crickets to fight and enjoy their singing is deeply rooted in Chinese culture. The popularity of cricket rearing promotes the art of making cricket pots.
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Beauty in black and white

Cizhou ware is known for its black-and-white contrasting colors and vigorous motifs. Vases, jars, bowls and especially pillows, it was mainly manufactured as utilitarian objects
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The art of clay teapots

Tea wares need to be practical, but it can also delight the eyes.
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Reflections of life in ancient times

With their 4,000-year history, bronze mirrors were used as utensils, ornaments, tokens of love, gifts, religious items in Taoism and burial objects in ancient China.
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In love with an ancient art

Qiao Mai, who is in her 30s, is one of the best-known Taohuawu New Year's print artists and considers the art form her Mr Right. 
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The gold that lies beneath your feet

Millions have walked on the floors of Chinese palaces, possibly ignoring the valuable tiles that they are stepping on and their history.
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Bamboo's not just for pandas

In China, bamboo is a symbol of integrity, modesty and persistence. Jiading bamboo carving, an art form that is over 400 years old, expresses the literati spirit. 
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Artists polish reputation of China's iconic precious stone

Jade carving, having been practiced in China for over 8,000 years, is now being revived. Seven pieces have been collected by the British Museum.