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On the Surface: Monochrome Glazes and Bubble Structure in Chinese Ceramics

Chinese monochrome-glazed ceramics have been attracting western collectors since the 18th century. The collecting frenzy was ignited by the French and soon followed by the Americans of the Gilded Age. For the immensely varied hues spanning the whole color spectrum from white to black, monochrome ceramics were collected and used as a vibrant design element to decorate their chateaux, mansions, and hotels. Many terms have been coined to indicate the Chinese glazes, such as ‘ding ware’ for the creamy white; ‘blanc-de-Chine’ for the ivory white; ‘celadon’ for the grayish-green; ‘sang-de-boeuf’ for the deep red; ‘peachbloom’ for the soft pastel pink; ‘clair-de-lune’ for the delicate pale blue; and ‘Imperial yellow’ for the egg-yolk yellow; to list a few.… Read More

Byeongpung | Korean Folding Screens

Popular in Korea, folding screens were created to decorate rooms and for use as a backdrop to enhance the festive mood for special events such as weddings, birthdays and holidays. Adorned with symbolic images with auspicious meaning folding screens have long been loved; and more recently become a study subject among art historians, who see them essential in understanding Korean art and culture of the late Joseon period.

Eight-panel Sipjangsaengdo Folding Screen, Korea, 19th/20th century, (Lot 531, estimate $1,200-1,500)

Skinner offers four Korean multi-panel folding screens from the 19th and 20th centuries in the September 14, 2018, Asian Works of Art auction in Boston.Read More

The Monumental Coromandel Kuancai Screen

Skinner is privileged to offer a monumental twelve-panel Coromandel kuancai lacquer screen (Lot 523) on March 19 at the Asian Works of Art auction in Boston. More than 8 feet high and 21 feet wide, the screen is majestic in appearance and awe-inspiring for it’s complexity in composition as well as it’s precision in depicting mythological scenes with numerous immortal deities and all varieties of flora and fauna. Such themes in meticulous details on giant lacquer screens were in fashion and widely popular during the Kangxi period (1661-1772) in China.… Read More

Korean artist Chun Kyungja’s (b. 1924) A Black Woman in Atlanta

Chun Kyungja (b. 1924), A Black Woman in Atlanta, Korea, 1987 (Lot 466, Estimate $650,000-$700,000)

One Of Many Paintings Portraying Beautiful Women

Skinner is privileged to offer the portrait, “A Black Woman in Atlanta” painted by the Korean female artist Chun Kyungja (b. 1924). It is estimated to sell at auction for $650,000-700,000, and will be offered on Saturday, September 19th at the Asian Works of Art Auction at Skinner in Boston.… Read More