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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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Through the Looking Glass: Chinese Reverse Glass Painting

next post: Laque is the new Black! Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Porcelain in the Kangxi era; previous post: Chinese later bronzes Reverse glass paintings occupy a special position within Chinese art crossing over the genres of Chinese export art, glass working, the painting genre of meirenhua (paintings of beauties) and erotic art. Generally associated with English country house …

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Chinese Later Bronzes

next post: Chinese Reverse Glass Painting; previous post: The John Marriott Collection of Chinese Art; related: A Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Bronze Duck Censer   The reputation of Chinese later bronzes, (the term for those created from the Tang (618–907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279) onward), has long languished in contrast to their archaic cousins of the Chinese Bronze Age …

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The John Marriott Collection of Chinese Art

next post: Chinese later bronzes; previous post: Photographic Images of China John Marriott (1921-2007) The first 69 lots of Chiswick Auctions’ ASIAN ART sale of 16th May 2016 are from the John Marriott (1921-2007) Collection, London. John Marriott was the only son of Major-General Sir John Charles Oakes Marriott (1895-1978), a British Army officer during WWI …

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Three Albums, Two Countries, One History: Early 20th C British Photography in China

next post: The John Marriott Collection of Chinese Art; previous: Chinese cinnabar lacquer  三本相册,两个国家,一段历史 With ties between the UK and China becoming ever stronger it is helpful to look back and see how Britain’s involvement with China has changed historically. Three photographic albums, to be offered in Chiswick Auctions’ ASIAN ART sale of 16 May 2016, each …

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Happy Year of the Monkey 2016 from Chiswick Auctions! 猴年大吉!

A selection of monkey-themed highlights from previous sales


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