Chinese Antique Furniture

Chinese antique items

Chinese Antique items are also known as antique or curio items. Asian antiques are just as diverse and perhaps even more expansive than China s entire history is and the term Chinese antique actually encompasses far, from textiles, porcelain, furniture, paintings, sculpture and even modern clothing. In addition to clothing Chinese antiques have also been found in a wide range of other materials such as ceramics, lacquer, porcelain and even wood. Chinese antiques come in many different forms and one can say that Chinese antique items are no longer exclusive to being items of clothing or furnishings. They are now also available on jewelry, pottery and ceramics.

Chinese antiques such as the Chinese porcelain vase have found their way onto floors in offices around the world and have even graced the laps of supermodels. The Chinese antiques found on your home could be anything from the mysterious to the bizarre, everything can be found if you open your mind and look for them. Chinese antiques tend to blend into the background so much so that they are no longer noticed but instead become part of the background of traditional Chinese culture. Chinese antiques have transcended their boundaries to become products that are available to the western world.

Chinese antique furniture

Chinese antiques tend to be made from either porcelain or jade; jade is considered to be the superior material by Chinese artists due to its hardiness and inflexibility. Chinese antique furniture tends to have been made from either wood, jade or porcelain and often times porcelain is used because it is very inexpensive and can be mass produced. Chinese antiques can also be made from silver, gold and other precious metals, however Chinese artists prefer to work with porcelain because they can create designs that are very intricate and eye-capturing.

Some Chinese antiques were brought to China by foreigners; these included furniture belonging to the Ming Dynasty. The name for the Ming Dynasty was ‘xi’ meaning ‘etched’. The term for the period immediately following the Ming Dynasty was the Qing Dynasty and this dynasty marked a period of great prosperity for the Chinese people, as well as for the Chinese antiques. The term for the Western Han Dynasty, which was during the time of the early Northern Song Dynasty, was ‘hans’ meaning’masters’.

Chinese art underwent

In the years immediately following the Later Dynasty, the Shu dynasty, the Western Han Dynasty and the later Qing dynasty, Chinese art became more refined, more geometric and less ornamented. This change was brought about by the transition of Western Buddhism to China and the beginning of the Sung Dynasty. During this time, Chinese art underwent another transformation when the Buddhist temples, like the Great Wall of China, began to be constructed in large numbers. When this happened, Chinese citizens were no longer content with the Chinese antiques they could buy from the rich, but started to value these antiques themselves.

In addition to the shift in the Chinese art style, the ming Dynasty also introduced another important aspect of Chinese art, the Five Oldones. These five Chinese antiques were extremely valuable, as they belonged to either the Ming or the Qing Dynasty, and portray scenes from both times. Some of these five ancient Chinese antiques have become known as the Five Classics. To this day, they are still highly sought after among Chinese citizens and collectors.

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