Unusual Chinese art image no. 90 The wrist rest

Mao wrist rest2 lr The wrist rest, historically, was a valued accoutrement on the scholar’s desk. It came in many forms: wood, ivory and, even, jade and served the purpose suggested by its name as the scholar inscribed, wrote and painted. This is a rather more modern version. It dates from 1967 or 1968 and celebrates the great leader (as he was seen at that time) Mao Tse Tung at the height of his charismatic power in the days of The Cultural Revolution. This one is a rather up market souvenir made for local consumption within China.

Picture courtesy www.chineseartinscotland.co.uk

Unusual Chinese art image no. 88

Nanjing Rd 1932 Asian Art Museum blog

A watercolour of Nanjing Road, Shanghai in the early 1930s. Of course, it is the aeroplanes which make the picture setting it perfectly in a time warp, monoplane and biplane together above the city at the hight of its success and influence before the Second World War and the Japanese invasion would destroy its louche charm for ever.

Picture from Orientally Yours blog on Tumblr.

Unusual Chinese art image 82 Teddy bear warriors in clay

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An exhibition of 500 handmade pottery clay teddy bear warriors was opened earlier this year in Wuxi in East China’s Jiangsu province. A direct take off of the rather more famous terracotta warriors in Xian, this pastiche has appraently gone down very wwell with visitors. The event was mounted as part of a larger teddy bear show which displayed more than 60 teddy bears like Teddy van Gogh, Teddy Gandhi and Teddy Mona Lisa . . .

Unusual Chinese art image 81 Probably the ultimate bed!

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This once-Imperial Chinese moon bed must surely represent the ultimate in style, chic and desirability. It dates from 1876 and is now to be found in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachussets (which we have been writing about over the last couple of weeks). It has featured recently in several blogs on Tumblr. One blogger, ladonnapietra, mused if it might be possible to ‘become an art burglar and steal this Chinese moon bed’.

We also happen to think it is the most delightful piece of Chinese furniture we have ever seen!

Unusual Chinese art image 79 Actress Hu Ping in swimwear 1936

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Actress Hu Ping (1910 – ?) photographed in swimwear 1936/7 by Xi Yuqun. In addition to being a film star in the 1930s, she was also a talented writer, publishing several stories, essays amd screenplays. It is unknown as to what became of her after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. From issue 298 (1937) 0f Ling Long Magazine via orientallyyours on Tumblr.