Culture Insider: Chic items in ancient China

The ancient Chinese are not that “ancient” as modern people imagine. They used refrigerators, barbecue grills, carried handbags, wore high-heeled shoes and even used a diving suit. The cultural relics left by them tell us how they fully enjoyed their lives a long time ago. Let’s take a peek.

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A maid from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) with a handbag is seen on a Dunhuang fresco. The murals in Dunhuang, Gansu province are gems of ancient Chinese art.
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A barbecue grill made with glazed pottery from the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220). The grill has pottery cicadas on it.
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This is regarded as the earliest refrigerator in China. The bronze fou (a crock with a narrow opening) from the Warring States Period (475-221BC) was excavated from the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (Chinese: Zeng Hou Yi), an important archaeological site in Hubei province. Space between the fou’s layers can store ice.
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A watch-like finger ring was excavated from an archeological site in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. This burial artifact belonged to a royal man who lived during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
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A “diving suit” with equipment to supply the diver with oxygen while collecting pearls. Its introduction can be found in The Exploitation of the Works of Nature (Tiangong Kaiwu ), an encyclopedia covering a wide range of technical issues, published during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644).
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painting of women playing “Chinese golf”- Chuiwan, during the Ming Dynasty. Chuiwan, literally means “ball-hitting” and was a game in ancient China. The popularity of this game peaked in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Its rules resemble modern golf.
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This artwork shows women from the Sui Dynasty (581-618) wearing suspender skirts.
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 A “mileage recorder” carriage used by noble people during the Han Dynasty (260 BC-AD220). Two wooden men stand on the carriage with drumsticks in their hands. When the carriage moved 500 meters, a wooden man would beat the drum. When the carriage moved 5,000 meters, another wooden man beat the drum as well.
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A painting of a woman wearing a hairnet during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
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A pair of high-heeled shoes from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

(source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2014-11/12/content_18879304.htm

 

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Art Collector with a Chinese Heart

Ellsworth, the prestigious late art dealer and collector of Asian art, devoted his life to loving, collecting and dealing Asian art. However, these art treasures will be dispersed into collectors across the world in the wake of his death in August at age 85, except those donated to museums like the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ellsworth on Mount Huangshan in Anhui province during his trip to China in 1995.
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A major part of Ellsworth’s legacy is Chinese art, which he started collecting during childhood although he didn’t know a Chinese word.

A room at Robert H.Ellsworth’s apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York.
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He was the first to bring Ming Dynasty furniture to the West in the 1950s. He made himself an expert on it and wrote a book, Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and early Ch’ing Dynasties, in the 1970s, even earlier than Chinese scholars’ books on the subject.

Because of his obsession with Chinese art and his unique taste, in the 1960s, Ellsworth began collecting Chinese paintings of the 19th and early 20th centuries, a period that has been neglected by art historians.

Ellsworth’s collecting of Chinese art reached a climax when China and the US established diplomatic ties in the 1970s.

In addition to his collection, Ellsworth also set up the Chinese Heritage Art Foundation in Hong Kong in the 1990s, dedicated to repairing the ancient houses of the Ming and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties in Huangshan in Anhui province. At that time, most Chinese didn’t realize the value of the structures in Huangshan’s ancient villages.

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Two pieces of porcelain in his collection.
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For years, Ellsworth had bought and sold countless antique objects. But the ones he kept at his houses were those he wanted to live with. “If you don’t want to stay with your collections day and night, then don’t buy them,” he advised prospective collectors.

In the 20th century, many treasured Chinese antiques and artworks were lost during war times. Ellsworth was one of the first Western collectors to seek them out and became an expert and scholar on Chinese art.

by Xiao Xiao xiaoxiao@interactchina.com

 

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Mongolian Jewelry

Elaborately detailed filigree and brilliantly colored enamels are the signatures of Mongolian jewelry making. This traditional technique has distinctive Russian and Chinese influences and follows a process that has remained unchanged for generations.

Mongolian Jewelry Making

549The filigree work is typically hand-fashioned with tweezers using silver wires which are shaped into flowers, butterflies and other subjects. At approximately 1700 degrees F, the wire structure is then carefully fired in a kiln where they are fused together with silver dust. This first process provides the framework for the piece. Fine enamel powder is then blended and packed into the frame, and briefly fired in the kiln again several times at 1500 degrees F. During this second firing, the enamel fuses into a durable glasslike finish.

Finally, gemstones are set, and the piece is typically plated with 24KT gold. Stones such as Chrysocolla, Rhodocrosite, Chrysoprase, Water Sapphires and Black Star of India are favorites of Mongolian artisans. Semiprecious stones like Garnets, Lapis, Amethyst, Madeira Citrine, Onyx and Turquoise are also popular in traditional Mongolian designs.

The work is exacting and demanding, since working with any filigree frame could involve destruction of the fragile framework. The artists are all extensively trained in the basic techniques and over time are considered master craftsmen. Interestingly, because filigree and enameling are very different skills, many Mongolian jewelry items require two artists to complete. No one artist is trained in both procedures.

Many of the young people of the area are turning their backs on the old ways and going into urban areas of China to make lives for themselves. It is an endangered and dying art form and because of the sheer beauty and quality of the jewelry, several museums around the world are selling the works of art in their museum shops. They consider it a Chinese cultural treasure.

Caring for Filigree Jewelry:

Although it is sterling silver and very sturdy, it is made of hundreds of fine wires. The brilliant colors are achieved by the use of enamel powder, kiln-fired to create “glass”. Consequently, gentle care should be used with these unique pieces. Keep in a plastic bag with the air expelled to minimize oxidation. Clean with a liquid cleaner acceptable for use with pearls, lapis, turquoise or other porous stones.

 

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Culture insider: Chinese paintings on fans

China has been dubbed the “kingdom of fans” for many years. Fans were not always tools for cooling oneself, but also were symbols of status and taste. One main reason is that fans sometimes were decorated with paintings, poems or calligraphy.

There were many kinds of fans in ancient China, though only two types with paintings, the round fan, popular in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) and the folding fan, prevalent in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), have grown to be truly appreciated by art collectors. Those that held a famous artist’s painting or calligraphy were highly prized possessions.

An artist from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Zhu Yunming once compared the difficulty of painting on the surface of a fan to a girl dancing on debris, because of the fan surface’s limited space, special shape and different textures, such as colored paper, thin silk and so forth.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of the prettiest Chinese fan paintings and feel a cool breeze in the scorching summer.

 

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Fan painting by Yao Yuehua,Flowers in the Vase, Song Dynasty (960-1279). The birth of the round fan was much earlier than those of the folding variety. Its shape, like a full moon, signifies the auspicious union and happiness.

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Fan painting by Su Hanchen,The Maid, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Xu Beihong(1895-1953) ,The Cat
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Fan painting by Zhao Yong,Clear River and the Wintry Moon, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
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Fan painting by Li Anzhong,Butterflies in the Spring, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Ma Lin,Hold a Candle for a Night Excursion, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Zhao Chang,Apricot Flowers, Song Dynasty(960-1279).

(source: http://www1.chinaculture.org/classics/2014-06/12/content_537342_11.htm

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Transform your home with Chinese-style décor

 

Chinese culture dates back 5,000 years and offers a wealth of decorating ideas. If you love rich colours, this is your look.

China is made up of many different ethnic groups, each contributing elements of colour and design to traditional Chinese style.

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Bold red and gold hues, are coupled with textural elements, water and jade. Dramatic reds and golds symbolize good fortune and wealth. Water is believed to energize and jade is believed to be a talisman against physical and spiritual harm.

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Dragon fire

Rosewood and ebony furnishings inlaid with mother-of-pearl are coveted pieces. The dragon which symbolises power, is one of the most revered signs of the Chinese zodiac and appears frequently in designs and patterns.

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Add rich colours and oriental flair to your life with these Chinese style ideas:

Paint your front door red and frame it in gold to welcome prosperity.

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Lend a hallway distinction with a rosewood chair and a dragon sculpture.

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Place a Chinese fish bowl filled with water in your family room to encourage the flow of positive energy. Fill it with floating candles for a pretty water feature with an Eastern edge

Dress your dining table with luxurious red or yellow silk and a bouquet of pink flowers.

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Place a black lacquer cabinet or chest against a dark red feature wall for Chinese style, and storage.

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It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to bring the beauty of China into your home, just begin with a simple red door and take it from there.

(source: http://www.letscolour.com/living-colour/transform-home-chinese-style-decor/

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Elements of Asian Style Decorating

Many people are looking to simplify their lives and one way to do this is to simplify their surroundings.

For centuries, Asian cultures have lived their lives surrounded by simple, yet elegant furnishings, furniture, and art.

Asian interiors are designed to bring peace, balance, and serenity to the space, which is kept simple and uncluttered. The quality and craftsmanship is exquisite. The style is merging with western style to create a unique Asian-influenced decor.

Read on for more ways to incorporate the elements of Asian style decorating into your home.

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Use Dramatic Color
One of the most dramatic characteristics of Asian decor is the use of color. For Chinese interiors, bold red is a dominant color as it represents good luck. Furniture is typically shiny black lacquered wood. For Japanese style decor, natural tones of brown, grey, and tan are popular. Accents in most Asian decors include gold, either as trim or wall color.526

Texture
When you think of Asian decor, you envision natural wood highly polished to a mirrored shine. Japanese decors use lots of luminous paper surfaces and natural rocks. Bamboo, a large grass, is used for furniture, picture frames, window shades, and containers.

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Nature’s Green
Natural plants and cuttings provide texture and artistic expression in Asian interiors. Bamboo plants in both small and large pots are adorned with red and gold tassels. They are found in Chinese style homes. Meticulously manicured bonsai plants are found in Japanese style homes.

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Multi-Purpose Furniture
With space at a minimum in many Asian interiors, furniture that serves multiple purposes are prominent. A futon provides seating and sleeping in one piece of furniture. A wooden trunk with many drawers provides out-of-sight storage and serves as a table top.

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Oriental Rugs
Floor covering is the foundation for Asian interiors, whether it’s a tatami mat in a Japanese room or a beautiful floral wool rug in a Chinese interior. Furniture and fabric colors enhance and draw out the colors in the flooring.

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Windows
Window treatments serve to bring balance into an Asian style room. Generally, if the decorative elements (furniture, rugs, wall treatments) are elaborate, the window treatments should be simple. However, if the color palate is neutral, you might add colorful or patterned window treatments. General, Japanese window treatments use simple woven curtains or bamboo or wood blinds. You might see more elaborate and ornate window treatments with tassels and texture in a Chinese decor.

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Screens
With space in Asian interiors at a minimum, floor screens are a major element of the decor. A Shoji screen can provide a window cover, serve as a room divider, or hide an unattractive corner.

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Water
Nature provides an important influence in Asian interiors and the delicate sound of falling water and the peaceful look of standing water with fish are prominent in Asian interiors.

Resist the temptation to combine too many pieces or elements of Asian decor into one room. Simplicity and serenity are key and essential to a truly authentic Asian style room.

(source: http://interiordec.about.com/od/asiandecor/a/Asianstyle.htm

 

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Decorating Your Home with Asian Theme

Although there are various themes and colour combinations in which you can decorate your home but the Asian theme is very unique and stylish. It has all the elements that would make your home look truly amazing and worth watching. Make sure you select the best quality materials and textures for decorating your home with the help of this exceptional theme. Asian inspired themes can really work wonders for your home if you use them in the most appropriate manner.

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People often find it very difficult to select a particular room in which the Asian theme can be applied. If you are also having the same problem then you can use the bathroom as a separate room for applying the theme. This room is used by the people to relax themselves to the fullest. For this cause, it makes ideal sense that some of the more calm and calming plan accents of an Asian decoration would be suitable. In the Asian theme the art works and paintings have a special meaning therefore you must consider installing them. You can also make the use of the wonderful water features that are truly ravishing to look at. In the Asian theme a lot of space is required, therefore you must make sure that all the rooms of your home are cleaned and thoroughly maintained top incorporate the theme.

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The Asian theme would make each and every room of your home look extremely beautiful and mesmerizing whether it is the bathroom area or the kitchen. You can use materials to make a very passionate ambience, rice paper window coverings to shield those inside from snooping eyes, and candles all through the room to end off the creation. Furniture in this room should be thin and neat and Asian screens can be used in order to conceal the piles of laundry or mixed-up areas that you wish not to be detract from the overall passion of the room. Fans make a beautiful adornment for the walls in a bedroom as does mesmerizing art or framed script in the words of passion and care. Instead of using the harsh and direct lights, you can make the use of indirect lights that look extremely marvellous on the walls.

You will see that using the Asian theme for decorating your interiors is one of the best that you will find in various magazines and over the internet. Make sure that you purchase each and every accessory according to this theme to make your place look truly beautiful. I am sure the theme would really help you in decorating your home in the most wonderful and sophisticated manner that you always desired.

(source: http://www.interiormantra.com/decorating-your-home-with-asian-theme)

 

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So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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