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What is the highest form of Chinese painting?

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One of the esteemed pursuits of the traditional Chinese scholar was landscape painting, known generally as shān shuǐ. Capturing the beauty of nature within a balanced composition is considered a conceptual feat achieved only by the hand of a master.

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"Literary Gathering" Chinese Scroll Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
Exquisitely painted with delicate line work and a subdued color palette, this Chinese scroll painting is an Late 20th-century reproduction of a famous Tang-dynasty scroll. The painti...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Paper

19th Century Chinese Scrolling Vines Mirror
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th century framed mirror was carved by hand in northern China and likely hung on the wall of a Qing Dynasty home, perhaps in a lady’s sleeping quarters. The carved scrolling v...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Wall Mirrors

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Softwood, Mirror

18th-19th Century Finely Woven Chinese Scroll Trunk
Located in Chicago, IL
This 18th-19th century finely woven trunk was originally used to safely store painted scrolls. A skilled artisan painstakingly wove thin-as-hair reeds to cover each of the side panel...
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Antique 18th Century Chinese Qing More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

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Brass

Framed Chinese Calligraphy Scroll, circa 1920s
Located in Chicago, IL
Set against a silk brocade backing, this early 20th century paper scroll is brushed with a work of painterly calligraphy. Expressing notions of endurance and moral fortitude, the scr...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Chinese Blue and White Scrolling Vine Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
Drawing on China’s long-standing blue and white porcelain tradition, contemporary artisans in Beijing replicate the celebrated technique in this handsome jar. Using the jar’s simple ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ceramics

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Ceramic

Chinese Blue and White Scrolling Vine Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
Drawing on China’s long-standing blue-and-white porcelain tradition, contemporary artisans in Beijing replicate the celebrated technique in this handsome jar. Using the jar’s simple ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ceramics

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Ceramic

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Chinese Underglaze Indigo and Copper Fish Jar
Located in Chicago, IL
Revered for centuries for its elegant designs of rich cobalt blue and pure white, traditional Chinese blue-and-white porcelain lives on in this covered jar hand painted with fish and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Ceramics

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Porcelain

Chinese Woven Field Basket, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Tightly woven of natural reeds, this neat basket likely contained offerings of food, money, and fruit presented as part of ritual ancestor worship on a family altar. Over the course ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

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Lacquer, Reed

Chinese Willow Market Basket, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
It is easy to imagine someone, long ago, walking to market on a beautiful summer day with this beautiful basket slung over their arm. Basket making is an ancient and humble craft, bu...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Decorative Baskets

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Bamboo, Willow

"Form and Transition" Kite by Michael Thompson
By Michael Thompson
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Michael Thompson creates unique kites crafted from split bamboo frames covered with stretched muslin and a collage of vintage Asian ephemera—including fragments ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Art

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Fabric, Silk, Bamboo, Paint

Chinese Painted Lucky Fish
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved from reclaimed wood, this rustic fish sculpture recreates early 20th-century Chinese Folk Art designs. The fish is painted with a colorful palette of brown, purple, red a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Rustic Animal Sculptures

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Pine

"VFTS-682" by Jan Pieter Fokkens
By Jan Pieter Fokkens
Located in Chicago, IL
The colorful paintings of Jan Pieter Fokkens transport us to distant worlds beyond our comprehension. Within seemingly infinite networks of lines, dots, and crosses, he decodes the r...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Paintings

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Paint, Paper

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