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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

12.12.2008

Fanciful Wish List

One area that apparently has not experienced an economic hit is the Asian art market. This week Antiques and the Arts reports that record prices were achieved at the 36th Special Auction of Asian Art at Nagel Auktionen, November 10-11, in Stuttgart, Germany. Regardless of the money matters, I wanted to share this striking 18th-century blanc de chine vase. It is a very rare Chinese imperial guantype faceted porcelain piece from the Yongzheng period, and I think the design is absolutely timeless. How I would love to have this vase to use as part of my holiday decorations.

To learn more about China's emperors and the Yongzheng period, click here.


Speaking of stunning imperial art, this Peacock-tail-shaped traveling sundial and compass, from the Qianlong period (1736—95), was included in the three emperors exhibition two years ago. The piece belongs to The Palace Museum, Beijing.

This writing set from the Qianlong period is carved red lacquer, cloisonné enamel, ivory and other materials, also from The Palace Museum, Beijing.

On a loosely related note, Grant K. Gibson recently visited the lovely home of Suzanne Rheinstein and photographed her many exquisite chinoiserie and Asian pieces. It's a must see. Below are the cricket boxes I mentioned a few months ago.

Image via Grant K. Gibson

4 comments:

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I can see why you like the first piece but I will definitely take the red lacquer desk set. I still have my ink sticks and stone from calligraphy classes back in school and a couple of beautiful antique seals/chops and they would all look lovely with this writing set. Plus there's nothing like red accessories at Christmas!

Style Court said...

Ms. Wis -- I agree with you all around. Nothing like red lacquer!

You have so many fascinating experiences and tools :)

Anne said...

What a great wish list. I just love the red lacquer. Thanks so much for posting. Inspiration galore!

A

Style Court said...

Hi Anne -- thanks for stopping by. Glad you like this post. Maybe the red lacquer set is the most splendid piece here!