Why Collect Asian Art?
- It's not uncommon for collectors — both experienced and novice — to be
intimidated by Asian art. That's unfortunate because this fascinating field
offers collectors many advantages over more conventional disciplines.
Ancient Civilizations, New Worlds: A Practical Introduction to Collecting Asian Art
- Asia is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations, and also to some
of its most exhilarating modern artistic finds. For many collectors,
particularly in the West, Asian art offers intriguing insight into the
vibrant history and living traditions of Asia's many cultures.
Chinese jade - The
Chinese have cherished jade for thousands of years. Considered the most
desirable of stones, jade has long been associated with the mystical powers
that heal, bring good luck and bestow immortality.
Chinoiserie explained -
The exotic appeal - and great expense - of imported Chinese wares inspired
European craftsmen of the 17th and 18th century to use
oriental motifs and details in
creating their own hybrid style.
Japanese Woodblock Art Prints
- One of the most popular forms of oriental art, the
woodblock print offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of
The inro (literally a 'seal-basket') is a portable container with a number of interlocking sections. It was first used in China for holding personal seals and paste, and was probably brought to Japan some time in the 14th century.
Although they were originally made as a dress accessory, the
lively and intricate carvings of netsuke have been readily accepted as art
objects in the West for more than a century.
Gongs and Table Bells -
Strategically placed in the hall, the gong summoned family and guests to meals;
the servants were then called with a table bell.
Snuff Bottles and Boxes
- Snuff is powdered tobacco, which, in times gone by, was inhaled genteelly from a knuckle or thumbnail. Ready-ground snuff came in two main varieties: light, which had been matured in a hot sauce; and dark, to which medicinal or sweet-smelling flowers,
salt and potash had been added.
Authenticating Japanese Swords
- Like fingerprints, each handmade Japanese samurai sword has its own
Celebrating Japanese-American Trade
America's introduction to Japanese art and
culture is represented in an array of woodblock prints, ceramic pieces,
and richly decorated scrolls that were brought here by the first ships from Nagasaki.
Japanese Era Names - Table
of Japanese Era Names (Nengo)
Chinese Dynasty Names and
- Names and years of Chinese Dynasties
Antique Shopping in the Far East
- As mysterious as travelling to the Far East may seem to most people,
shopping there for souvenirs or antiques can be daunting. Regardless of
whether your destination is Hong Kong, Bangkok, or Taiwan, you should do a
little research before embarking on any overseas purchases, especially if you're on a budget.
Thangka Painting Explained
- "It just flowed out of the thangka,
the whole practice and visualization came through", explains
Maitreya - an expert in Tibetan iconography for 25 years - one of his
most remarkable experiences with Tibetan art.
our selected porcelain items in our shop