China has always had a very  rich culture which over time enriched the world with artifacts known as Chinese antiques. Items considered as Chinese art are all visual arts that originated in or were created by Chinese artists, this applies to both chinese antiques as well as contemporary items. Namely, for a work of art to be considered Chinese it must be based on or draw from Chinese heritage and Chinese culture.

It is worth mentioning that Chinese art is undoubtedly the oldest continuous tradition in the world, and is characterised by an exceptional degree of continuity contrary to Western art movements that is known for changes in art movements.

Chinese antiques as well as contemporary works of art in China consist of ceramics, textiles, carved lacquer and ink wash painting which was mainly practiced by scholars and court painters with the most prominent themes being landscapes, flowers, and birds.

Chinese antiques many of which can be purchased at www.ivoryandart.com include painting, sculpture, pottery and decorative arts.

Painting

Traditional Chinese painting as well as Chinese calligraphy works are created by a brush dipped in ink without the use of oils. The finished work was usually mounted on scrolls but can also be done on album sheets, walls, lacquerware, folding screens, and other media.

Sculpture

At www.ivoryandart.com you can find chinese antiques that include:

  • Chinese ritual bronzes from the Shang and Western Zhou dynasties come from a period of over a thousand years from c. 1500
  • Smaller figures in pottery or wood were placed in tombs as well as real and mythological animals miniature decorate temples and palaces.
  • Small Buddhist figures and groups

Pottery

One of the most significant forms of Chinese art. The first types of ceramics were made during the Palaeolithic era, and in later periods range from construction materials such as bricks and tiles, to hand-built pottery vessels fired in bonfires or kilns, to the sophisticated Chinese porcelain wares made for the imperial court.

Decorative arts
A wide range of materials that were more valuable were worked and intricately decorated with great skill for a range of uses or just for display. These Chinese antiques were created with Chinese jade, bronze, gold and silver, rhinoceros horn, Chinese silk, ivory, lacquer and carved lacquer, cloisonne enamel and many other materials.