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Embroidered Painting: the Exquisite Art of Han Ximeng and the Dew Fragrance Garden

Chiswick Auctions is privileged to offer for sale an exceptionally rare 17th Century embroidered painting as lot 76 in FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS on 15 May 2017. The rare and exceptional group of embroidered paintings, of which the present lot forms an example, was pioneered by the Gu family of Suzhou. Embroidered paintings were based on …

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A Qi Baishi Work from the Collection of David Chipp

Chiswick Auctions is privileged to offer for sale an impeccably provenanced work by 20th Century master Qi Baishi (1864 – 1957) as lot 69 in FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS on 15 May 2017. David Chipp (1927 – 2008) was the first Western journalist to be posted in New China and he was resident in Beijing between 1956 …

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The “Laurence Binyon” Wen Dian Handscroll

  Chiswick Auctions is privileged to offer for sale a handscroll attributed to the Qing Dynasty painter Wen Dian (1633-1943), grandson of one of the great four Wangs, and reputedly from the collection of Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943). The painting came from the collection of Ronald Gooch, and were acquired by the present owner shortly after …

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Three Continents Collide: a rare African figure from the early Qing Dynasty.

The present piece falls into the category of the rarest and very finest groups of sculptural depictions of Africans during the Qing period. One other piece of comparable quality is known, illustrated in Chinese Porcelain and Hardstones later passing into the Lever collection. The Lever piece was acquired from the S.E Kennedy Collection at Christie’s on 21 …

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Ink Art: Five 20th Century Chinese Artists you Should Know

As CHISWICK AUCTIONS embarks on its inaugural sale of FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS, head of department LAZARUS HALSTEAD introduces why 20th Century ink paintings represent a good place to start for the would-be collector.   Chinese paintings are also often considered a difficult field to get into. However, the work of twentieth Century artists represents an …

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Behind Closed Doors: Shunga, Japanese Erotic Paintings

previous post: Chinese Art from the Collection of Bernard Buckman (1910 – 1991) An album of shunga paintings, lot 52 in Chiswick Auctions’ forthcoming ASIAN ART sale of 28th February 2017, well exemplifies the explicit and often controversial genre of Japanese ‘shunga’ paintings. Their controversial and sexually explicit subject-matter has seen the art-form subjected to …

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Chinese Art from the Collection of Bernard Buckman (1910 – 1991)

previous post: Boys at Play: a Hardstone-Inlaid Table Screen from the 18th Century; next post: Behind closed doors: Shunga, Japanese Erotic Paintings The first one hundred and twenty-one lots (1-120) from Chiswick Auctions’ ASIAN ART sale of 14 November 2016 are from the collection of Bernard Buckman (1910 – 1991). He was a central figure in shaping …

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Boys at Play: a Hardstone-Inlaid Table Screen from the 18th Century

previous post: AN IMPORTANT CHINESE BRONZE RAM WINE VESSEL The present screen falls under the umbrella of the decorative technique known as bai bao qian, or ‘a hundred treasures’ inlay which aside from table screens can also be found most commonly in boxes and brush pots. A number of pieces survive in the Imperial collection …

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AN IMPORTANT CHINESE BRONZE RAM WINE VESSEL

A CHINESE BRONZE MODEL OF A RAM, YANGZUN. Qing Dynasty, 18th Century. 22cm H. £4,000 – £6,000   Ram-form bronze vessels are extremely rare, and Chiswick Auctions is excited to offer the above example in our ASIAN ART sale of Monday 14th November 2016. The yangzun, or ritualistic wine vessel, formed as a covered bronze …

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The Chinese inlaid Wood and Furniture of Ningbo

previous post: Some Other Rainbow: Chinese Carving of the Qing Dynasty and Later Lot 133. A CHINESE NINGBO IVORY AND SATINWOOD-INLAID WOOD PANEL. Qing Dynasty. 19 x 63cm. £300 – 500   Ivory and satinwood inlaid work is a specific speciality of Ningbo in Zhejiang provenance and reached its highpoint during the Qing Dynasty. The active trade port close to …

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Some Other Rainbow: Chinese Carving of the Qing Dynasty and Later

previous post: Laque is the new Black! Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Porcelain in the Kangxi era   From the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) and into the early 20th Century Chinese carvers reveled in exuberance colours of hardstones and organic materials. Lots within Chiswick Auctions’ ASIAN ART sale of 16th May 2016 exemplify the range and ingenuity of …

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Laque is the new Black! Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Porcelain in the Kangxi era

next post: Some Other Rainbow: Chinese Carving of the Qing Dynasty and Later; previous post: Chinese Reverse Glass Painting Lot 91. A CHINESE MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID BLACK LACQUERED PORCELAIN VASE. Qing Dynasty, Kangxi era. 23cm H. £10,000 – 15,000   Mother-of-pearl inlay has a long history in China, but the works produced through the 17th Century and into the Kangxi …

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