Chinese Vintage Cigarette Labels

Celebrating ancient Chinese ceramics in vintage cigarette labels: 1. “Painted Pottery” honoring neolithic pottery from the Yangshao culture. 2. Named for Jingdezhen, “Ceramic Capital”, and produced in Jiangxi. 3. “Porcelain vase” cigarettes from Hohhot in Inner Mongolia. 4. “Ancient Ceramics” with four representative types of Chinese porcelain. 5. “Ancient Pottery” from Guizhou Province. 6. “Sancai”… Continue reading Chinese Vintage Cigarette Labels

Nothing new under the sun..

With 10,000 years of history, there’s really never anything new in ceramics, just reinterpretations of the past.  Bowl base fragment, Edo period, Takeo Karatsu type.  Freer & Sackler Galleries.

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Sashi-ire hana no futami 挿入花の二見

Images of Japanese flower arrangement from the woodblock-printed book Sashi-ire hana no futami (挿入花の二見) made in 1798 by the amazing Katsushika Hokusai. Images generously made available by the British Museum.  I have cropped and adjusted levels of the original scans.  These are full-sized images, right-click to save. Two beautiful books of modern Japanese flower arrangement by Kawase Toshiro: The… Continue reading Sashi-ire hana no futami 挿入花の二見

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Kawase Hasui

A wonderfully romantic view of a Japanese pottery.  Link here. Ukiyo-e.org is an amazing collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

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Shards

Some shards laid out for the Monday-morning Antique Market in Jingdezhen. But are they real, or fake?

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