A mind-boggling number of ancient Chinese inventions changed the world forever. Where would we be without paper and gunpowder, to say nothing of the compass. In the decorative arts, the Chinese introduced the world to silk, porcelain ceramics, and celadon glaze. These innovations are reflected in collectible Chinese antiques such as scroll paintings made of silk and paper, as well as porcelain vases and bowls, which were glazed with the jade-like celadon or painted in intricate cobalt blue or, in the Qing Dynasty, the multicolor schemes of the various “families.”

But Chinese culture is not just renowned for its inventions—its artistry is also unique. Since ancient times, Chinese craftsmen have mastered the art of carving jade into figurines and landscapes in great detail. This high level of craftsmanship is also evident in the fanciful, extraordinary fine imagery on the porcelain and cloisonné ceramics of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Motifs from mythology and the Buddhist religion appear over and over again in Chinese antiques, from the dragons made up of "Nine Aspects" of other animals to the Chinese guardian lions also known as "Foo Dogs." Images meant to bring success, fortune and well-being include the Buddha, gourds, lotus flowers, magpies, peaches, and bats.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

You can get happily lost searching through the 10,000 or so objects on the Asian Art Museum's website. For example,… [read review or visit site]

Gotheborg.com

Gotheborg.com

Jan-Erik Nilsson's extensive reference on antique Chinese porcelain. Jam-packed with information (e.g. on porcelain… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Superb Chinese Carved Authentic Turquoise Stone Bird Scenic Floral Lidded VaseA Stunning Chinese Porcelain Kangxi Period Blue & White Gu VaseV.fine Large 19c Chinese Qing Cloisonne Enamel White Jade Plaque Desk Table BoxAntique Chinese Gilt Export Silver Carved Jade Amethyst Brooch Pin 2 5/8" ChinaLarge Antique Chinese Cantonese Puzzle Ball Cow Bone Chess Set No ReserveV.rare 18/19c Chinese Carved Duan Stone Inkstone Imperial Figures Scenic Plaque A Great 19c. Chinese Famille Rose Wushuangpu Teacup-tongzhiAmazing Antique Chinese Apple Green White Jade Jadeite Crane Bird W Lotus FigureRare Chinese Qing Dynasty Carved Rock Crystal Scholars Water Pot Censer BowlA Super&original 19c. Chinese Jade Holder With AccessoryFine Old Chinese Carved Green Jade 14k Gold Panel Dangle Drop Pierced EarringsAntique Chinese Sterling Silver Jadeite Jade Dragon BraceletVtg Antique Chinese Sterling Silver Flower Wood Bangle BraceletStunning Antique Qing Dynasty Carved Golden Amber Pendant / Brooch Two Peaches Profusely Carved Antique Chinese Cantonese Cow Bone Card Case No ReserveExceptional Chinese Carved Natural White Lavender Jade Jadeite Imperial MaidensStunning! Huge Chinese 19thc Antiques Porcelain Blue And White BowlA Stunning Chinese Transitional Porcelain Shunzhi Period Blue & White VaseA Wonderful Chinese Porcelain Yongzheng Period Landscape TeapotFine Rare Chinese Ming Qing Dynasty White Jade Buffalo Form Libation Ryhton CupFine Pair Chinese Antiques Dragon Cloisonne Bottle VasesVtg Antique Chinese Silver Carved Jade Carnelian Coral Malachite NecklaceNice Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Jar With Cover, Kangxi, Ca. 1700.Ex.rare Early Chinese Puddingstone Mythical Beast Fu Lion Figure Tang DynastyFine Antique Chinese Deeply Carved Cow Bone Card Case 1830sVery Beautiful Chinese Porcelain Cup & Saucer Two Roosters 18th C. Very Fine Chinese Porcelain Famille-verte Kangxi Plate Animal 18th C.Superbly Carved Chinese Celadon Jade Lidded Vase W Gourd Tree FoliageVery Rare Chinese Carved Natural Orange Coral 12 Rabbits Surrounding Fox FigureVery Fine Chinese Carved Jade Stone Pierced Dragon Figural Lidded Censer VaseAn 18th Century Chinese Porcelain Yongzheng Period Bowl With FiguresChinese Antique White Jade Buckle 19thAn Antique Chinese Natural Red Coral Jade Jadeite Necklace With Hand Carved Man Antique Chinese Silver Export Carved Pierced Jade Jadeite Brooch Must See 16.4gAntique Chinese Export Figural Enamel Ruby Jade Sapphire Silver Bracelet Rlm NrSuperb 18thc Antique Chinese Qing Amsterdams Bont Flower Basket Porcelain BowlFine 19thc Chinese Qing Dynasty White Hetian Jade Bird Gourd Fruit PendantAntique Chinese White Green Jade Bat Enamel Silver Filigree Bracelet (01241507)Very Fine 16/17c Chinese Ming Dynasty Carved Jade Mythical Fu Lion Bixie Figure2" Gilded Chinese Dragon & Lantern Chandelier Earrings Dangling Gemstones EarlyLarge Chinese Yixing Zisha Museum Quality 18th Century Kangxi Teapot 0.9 LitreVery Rare Ancient Chinese Cloisonne 4 Footed Censer Blue Flowers Brass 19c WowFine Rare 17thc Chinese Ming Dynasty Carved Celadon Jade Bird Scenic Bamboo VaseAmazing Antique Chinese Carved Soapstone Playing Imperial Boys Landscape CarvingAntique Chinese Carved Gilded Bronze Buckle Jade, Natural Pearls & Pink GemstoneMid 19th Century Chinese Cantonese Fine & Deeply Carved Cow Bone Card Case.14k Gold Antique Carved Coral Bird And Nest Exquisite Brooch Pin Must SeeAn Antique Qing Dynasty Chinese White Jade Hand Carved Flower & Word Jade Lock Superb Antique 18thc Chinese Qing Kangxi Blue & White Porcelain Saucer Dish #1Group Chinese Porcelain Famille Verte Famille Rose Kangxi Qianlong 18thcImportant 12thc Khmer Angkor Period Carved Sandstone Buddha Vishnu Deity FigureSuperb Chinese Yixing Enamelled Sweetmeat Set E19thcFine Complete Set Chinese Jade Jadeite Lapis Lazuli Agate Musical Instrument SetVeryfine Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Elephant W Figures Clouds Bats Silver StandAntique Carved Natural Coral Multi Chrysanthemum Flower Brooch Pin 12.8gRare Large Antique 18thc Chinese Qing Kangxi Blue & White Porcelain Kendi EwerSuperb Chinese Carved Jade Imperial Maiden With Root Form Table Mirror CarvingSuperb Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Elephant Figure Scholars Water Pot BowlChinese Blue And White Large Teapot Qianlong 18thcSplendid Chinese Jade Carved Animal Figure White And Black Jade