Unusual Chinese art image 76 Kangxi monkey

Kangxi monkey

This strikes us as being a real curiosity! A Chinese famille verte biscuit monkey ewer of the Kangxi period, ca. 1700. Height 16.5cm. This is to be sold on April 23 in Bruges, Belgium, by Rob Michiels Auctions. Such pieces do crop up for sale from time to time, either in the former of ewers or wine pots.

Unusual Chinese art image 75 The modern world in traditional form

7 TV set

An examples of Chinese sculptor, 马军 Ma Jun’s (1974-) Qing dynasty-style porcelain wares in the shape of a1980s-era TV. He uses porcelain to depict modern technological advances like boomboxes, radios, and sports cars. Each of Ma’s sculptures is covered in traditional designs that include flower patterns, birds, dragons, clouds, and scenes from mythologies and classical stories.  Via Orientally Yours on Tumblr

Sources: Ma Jun’s websiteL.A.Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Iona Whittaker

Unusual Chinese art image no 74 Yarn bombs in Shanghai

19 fabric tree waraps

A couple of trees in Shanghai became a local delight after they were draped in yarn knittings last year. However, the beauty and fame didn’t last long, as the Shanghai government promptly removed the much adored accessories.

The phoenix trees on Nanchang Road were “yarn bombed” by a group of expats, the Shanghai Daily reported. Yarn bombing, also known as graffiti knitting or “kniffiti,” is a kind of street art that uses colorful displays of knitted yarn on public facilities. The movement is believed to have originated in Texas, US, in 2005 after Magda Sayeg first covered the door handle of her boutique with a knitted cozy.

As the colorful outfits successfully stunned passersby the next morning, netizens also showed their admiration towards the creative works, saying “they added beauty to the city.”

However, the city government removed the outfits, citing concerns that they would cause harm to the trees’ healthy growth.

This decision has triggered heated discussions online. While some say the government made the right decision, others are arguing that the city should be more open to creative minds.

“The sweaters that fit human bodies may not suit the trees as well,” argued @Yueluoxishanby on Twitter.

Unusual Chinese art image no 73 Magnificent Chinoiserie interior

The Chinese Room with its elaborately carved doorcase and Pagoda.

The Chinese Room with its elaborately carved doorcase and Pagoda.

One of the most elaborate Chinoiserie interiors in Britain is the Chinese Room at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire. The plasterwork and carved pine wood decorations were designed by Luke Lightfoot (1722?-1789) in 1769, a remarkable stonemason and woodcarver. There is a pagoda motif with Chinese figures above each door, faces carved among the flowers around the chimney-piece, and the painted latticework with intricate Chinoiserie details in the tea alcove. The Chinese export furniture and statuettes date from the late 18th or early 19th century.

Sources: The National Trust, Simon Quinton’s Flickr, Orientally Yours (Tumblr)

Unusual Chinese Art Image 69 Time to bring out the red lanterns

red lanterns

It’s time to bring out the red lanterns again as Chinese New Year approaches This colourful image showing lanterns at an un-named location was published last week in The Peoples Daily. Just in case you do not have a diary note, Chinese New Year falls on February 8 this year.   Picture courtesy The Peoples Daily.

Unusual Chinese art image 68 Chinese girls on the Wuhan strip

stripped to undies for free clothes (7)

After last week’s posting in this series, you might be forgiven if you thought we had taken to stretching the meaning of ‘art’ somewhat. Well, it is summer (just) and a bit of midsummer madness never goes awry. Art should attract the viewer and these girls in their underwear are easy on the eye. It was November 8 last year and a Wuhan shopping mall ran a Singles’ Day promotion offering free clothes to the first 200 customers prepared to strip to their underwear. They also hired 100 models to walk around in bra and pants, just in case the actual customers proved to be a mite shy. Nothing of the sort. The queue at the checkout was up to 100 metres long . . . In a world where most purchases are done online, this promotion packed out the mall.

No more of this, we promise. Back to the serious stuff next week!

Unusual Chinese art image 67 Touting for business


But is it art? You may well ask. It certainly possesses a certain visual attraction. They say nothing sells like sex. This Chinese psychologist, evidently short on customers for his services, is a firm believer, so to say, in the dictum. He hired an underwear model to advertise his services and sat for a day in the street outside his hospital with the engaging young lady stripped to her bra and panties. We don’t know whether her assets proved to be an asset. However, there may have been side benefits . . . Courtesy bbs.163.com.