Someone Just Got The Buy Of A Lifetime

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Hard to judge without holding the piece but if its period then someone just got the buy of their life.

Described as a superb Chinese 18th Century blue and white Tianqiuping porcelain vase. It was sold by Ma San Asian art specialists based in Bath, UK for £20,000

The vase was decorated with the Imperial dragon chasing a pearl and carried the six-character mark of Qianlong, the emperor who ruled China between 1735 and 1796. It was just over 18 inches in height.

It is claimed the vase once belonged too Charles Coull of Dundee. Coull was a promising footballer with Lochee United and East Craigie. Wanting a change in career he found himself in Hong Kong, where he joined the Hong Kong Police.

The vase was presented to Coull by a local shopkeeper for his bravery in preventing a theft from a shop. Coull gave the vase to the chief of police as he felt he could not accept such a gift for doing his duty.

Hospitalised with TB in 1942, he survived the war and afterwards spent time recuperating in Australia. Prior to leaving Hong Kong, the police chief returned the vase. Apparently, Coull was so anxious about its safety he wrapped it in his clothes to protect it until he reached Australia.

He arrived back in the UK in 1946. Sadly, he died from TB the following year.

Jung Chang – Empress Dowager Cixi

One of the best books I have ever read. If your into Chinese history I fully recommend you buy this book it is a real eye opener.

Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eyewitness accounts, this biography will revolutionize historical thinking about a crucial period in China’s—and the world’s—history.

Born in 1835 into a family of Manchu government officials, she entered the Forbidden City as a concubine to the emperor Xianfeng. Although graded third rank, her standing in court improved in 1856 when she bore a son, a helpful move for a woman in China, even today.

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Chinese General & Princess Tomb Filled With Figurines

Photo courtesy Chinese Cultural Relics

The tomb of a general and his princess wife buried on March 18, in the year 564, has been discovered in China.

Found tomb containing skeletons of General Zhao Xin and Princess Neé Liu.

The princess was the daughter of the Cong Ming King from the Northern Qi Dynasty, which existed for just 27 years and was one of the shortest and mysterious dynasties in Chinese history.

The ancient tomb, which contained the couple’s skeletons, was also filled with figurines.

Apart from the remains of the couple, 80 exquisite coloured figurines have also been found inside their tomb chamber.

A sandstone inscription found in the tomb describes the life of the couple Zhao Xin and his wife, Princess Neé Liu. The inscription says (in translation), “On the 20th day of the second moon of the third year of the Heqing period [a date researchers said corresponds to March 18, 564], they were buried together.”

Zhao was the son of the leader of a local tribe and was born with a general title, according to the inscription, which was written in ancient Chinese.

The man was born with a general title and was promoted three times in his life. When he died at the age of 67, he was the general of a garrison of solders at Huangniu Town, leading some 5,000 soldiers.

The man’s presence could ‘command a hundred cities and scare off 10,000 men’, said the inscription.

As a reward to his loyal service, Zhao was given three more titles after he had passed away, including the Jiabiaoqi Great General and the local executive of Chanshan County.

Of Princess Neé Liu, the inscription says that “by nature, she was modest and humble, and sincerity and filial piety were her roots. Her accommodating nature was clear, her behavior respectful and chaste.”

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A Time Before Instagram


Long before Instagram feeds and MasterChef cook-offs highlighted a near-universal obsession with the visual appearance of food, a craftsman in 19th-century China meticulously carved and dyed a chunk of jasper, a jade-like stone, to look like a piece of braised pork belly. The National Palace Museum in Taipei has long showcased this uncanny sculpture, known as “the meat-shaped stone,” as one of its most prized holdings, very rarely loaning it out. But now the glistening dish is leaving Taipei to make its North American debut in a city that celebrates Chinese cuisine: San Francisco.

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