Book Review: Symbols on Chinese Porcelain demystifies culture, artistry and nature

Symbols on Chinese Porcelain: 10,000 Times Happiness

Second only to the stunning photography, “Symbols on Chinese Porcelain” offers valuable context on why this porcelain style matters to the fine-art world, collectors and even philosophers. The book reveals the secrets of the symbols of good luck and the visual imagery of Chinese decorative elements by means of approximately 80 masterpieces of Chinese porcelain spanning 1,000 years. Read More +

Sales of antique Chinese rhinoceros horn items on the rise

This pair of large recumbent enameled wood rams date from the mid 19th century. They are entirely decorated with auspicious animals  and longevity motifs. They are estimated to sell for between $30,000 to $50,000.

BEVERLY, Mass – A Dec. 8-10, 2011 Asian arts and antiques auction will offer a rare Chinese rhinoceros horn Buddhist stupa, which is expected to sell for as much as $50,000. It is widely expected to take top lot honors, followed closely by a strand of 19th century Chinese rhinoceros horn prayer beads, comprised of 108 beads interspaced with carved coral and ivory beads, with an overall length of 59 inches, which estimated at $20,000-$30,000. The two rhino horn lots are offered by Kaminski Auctions, which hopes to build on the success of its August Asian sale. Read More +