Chinese Antique Glossary – G


Deriving from the French word gris (grey), this is a painting executed entirely in monochromatic tones of grey and white. Although often used for study sketches, a painting en grisaille can be a completed work in its own right. Sometimes it has been executed as a model for an engraver to work from, or is the initial compositional underpainting for an unfinished picture.
In Chinese ceramics this term is sometimes used to describe porcelains decorated with black or dark brown overglaze enamel.


See falangcai.