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Quick News 15th Of Aug 2018

Dr Lewis Wang
Dr Wang

Pair to the Bainbridge vase emerges at Sothebys

Pair to the Bainbridge vase emerges at Sothebys

The pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ – knocked down at £43m in 2010 but later sold for half of that sum – is to come to market. Sotheby’s will sell the near identical vase, that has a century-long provenance, in Hong Kong in the autumn.

Source: www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2018/pair-to-the-bainbridge-vase-emerges-at-sothebys/

Back-stabbing concubines draw record-breaking 530 million viewers

Back-stabbing concubines draw record-breaking 530 million viewers

The online soap opera attracted more than half a billion views on August 12, setting a viewership record in China

Source: www.scmp.com/tech/article/2159591/how-back-stabbing-imperial-concubines-helped-chnas-iqiyi-set-viewership-record

China to fully restore puppet emperor’s palace by 2022 – Xinhua

China to fully restore puppet emperor’s palace by 2022 – Xinhua | English.news.cn

CHANGCHUN, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — The “imperial palace” of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the Japanese-backed puppet emperor of “Manchukuo” during their invasion in China, is expected to be restored to its original state by the end of 2022.

Source: www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/14/c_137389529.htm

Two Ding, A Pair of Dou, And A Qing Zun: Some Favorite Chinese Ritual Items At Auction

Two Ding, A Pair of Dou, And A Qing Zun: Some Favorite Chinese Ritual Items At Auction

Collectors of Chinese antiquities and art can count on Gianguan Auctions for pockets of very specialized collections–such as Warring States ritual bronzes and their later progeny. Several highlight Gianguan’s annual fall sale on September 8th.  To be prized for design and craftsmanship is a p…

Source: www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/9430-two-ding-a-pair-of-dou-and-a-qing-zun-some-favorite-chinese-ritua

Never-seen-before objects shed light on China’s maritime silk routes

Never-seen-before objects shed light on China’s maritime silk routes

Collection at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum includes a gold hat decorated with gems that was discovered in a Ming dynasty prince’s tomb and items from the shipwreck Nanhai No. 1

Source: www.scmp.com/culture/arts-entertainment/article/2159678/south-china-maritime-silk-road-routes-explored-hong-kong

How did the ancient Chinese stay cool in summer?

How did the ancient Chinese stay cool in summer?

As the crazy summer heat continues, it’s difficult to imagine our lives without air conditioners. But don’t forget that air conditioners weren’t widely used in China until the late ’90s. So, without the luxury of modern technology, how did the ancient Chinese cool themselves in the summer heat?

Source: news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d3167444e79457a6333566d54/share_p.html

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A Brief History Of Chinese Ceramics

chinese-ceramicsA Brief History Of Chinese Ceramics

The Neolithic Age

In China, earthenware 7000-10000 years old from the Neolithic age has been discovered in Henan, Hebei, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Guangdong Provinces as well as in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. For example, earthenware shards estimated to be 9700-10500 years old have been excavated at Nanzhuangtou, Xushui, Hebei Province. Shards estimated to be 7600-10000 years old have been found at Xianrendong. Wannian, Jiangxi Province, and shards of approximately 7600-9000 years old have been discovered at Guilin in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Restorable pieces from 6000 B.C.-5200 B.C. have been unearthed from sites in Cishan, Wuan, Hebei Province and Peiligang, Xilizheng, Henan Province.

After this, individual styles of earthenware developed in roughly three areas: the region along the middle and upper Yellow River, the region along the lower part of the Yellow River, and the region in Jiannan, which lies in the south of Changjiang. Remains of kilns used for firing pottery have been discovered in these regions.

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Emperor’s treasured miniature up for auction at Bonhams

Among the highlights of Bonhams March 20 Chinese Painting & Calligraphy auction is an 18th century miniature painting, formerly in the collection of Hongli the Qianlong emperor (1711-1799) (est. $10,000-15,000). Depicting a mountainous landscape, this charming ink on paper scroll by Zhang Ruocheng (1722-1770) boasts imperial seals, as well as a colophon written by the emperor. At just under two inches wide and slightly over six inches long, the minute size suggests the piece was created for placement in an imperial “treasure box,” a type of luxurious coffer favored by the Qianlong emperor, containing numerous small compartments for antiques, jades, porcelains and paintings that the imperial family could enjoy at leisure. This marvelous painting resides in its own delicate, fitted, silk-lined box made of zitan, a rare and valuable wood that was controlled by government restrictions during the Qing dynasty for exclusive use in court commissions.

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Doucai Palatte First Used In The Xuande Reign!

Many books on Chinese porcelain state that the Doucai palatte was first introduced in the reign of the emperor Chenghua. I myself understood this to be correct until I spoke with Mike Vermeer who informed me the Doucai palette was actually used in the earlier regin of the emperor Xuande. Michael Vermeer is a highly respected authority in the field of Chinese imperial porcelains especially monochrome porcelains and a consultant to three major U.S. museums. Visit Mike Vermeers Website

An Rare Doucai Stem Cup Mark and period of Chenghua
An Rare Doucai Stem Cup Mark and period of Chenghua

The definition of the early Ming enamel colours was further improved in the Xuande and Chenghua periods by  an entirely novel approach – the use of coloured enamels   to fill in high-fired, underglaze-blue designs. In this technique fully glazed and fired underglaze blue-and-white wares had the outlines of their blue drawing carefully filled: in with coloured enamels, with occasional touches of solid blue being left to give an extra colour in the finished decoration. The wares were then retired to enamel temperatures. This style is known as the doucai technique –doucai being variously (and rather confusingly) translated as ‘clashing’ or ‘dovetailing’ colours. It is a true polychromc effect, combining red, yellow, green, brown and aubergine overglaze enamels with underglaze blue. Some secondary colours are also seen in doucai wares, such a sage-green, achieved by painting the transparent yellow enamel over the underglaze-blue.

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