Chinese dynasties and tradition in Art
The different Chinese dynasties and traditions made numerous art productions and widespread their export to the known world. From the last Century, we can highlight the series known as “kraak”, decorated in blue with panels on the dishes’ brims and those items that we can usually find in Oriental art auctions at Balclis.
Throughout the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), different types of works were produced, and during the 18th Century, blue and colourful pieces decorated with all kinds of flowers, animals and characters of the “Rose Family” achieved a great success. Pieces with blazons of European families correspond to the lengthy reign of Qianlong (1736-1795), and they are of great interest among collectors.
Those pieces were usually made in Jingdezhen and were decorated with great lushness in the port of Canton, following the aesthetics of polychrome series and with gold details. Samples of historical characters were usually produced during the first Chinese Republic, and also new models with figures and landscapes, which are increasingly valued. Something similar happens with those made during the Republic of Mao, which are currently appreciated by collectors.
Chinese tradition is also faithfully represented in other types of productions that can usually be bought at online art auctions.
Lacquer, especially red lacquer, applied and carved in boxes and vases, has a similar aesthetic to that of containers made of carved ivory, and both techniques were also used to make fans (especially those known as “thousand faces”).
At the same time, metal objects are also very successful and containers or sculptures in bronze with a dark patina, as well as those decorated with “cloisonné” enamel are popular among collectors and decorators.
Small sculptures made of hard stones were also very successful and widely distributed, especially those made of jade, rock crystal, malachite and lapis lazuli. We cannot fail to mention the Chinese carpets, which had a considerable ornamental sobriety and were made of wool or silk, or the Manila shawls, which were so widespread in Spain.