eg at Shanghai Museum

Posted May 31 2012

As compared to Beijing, there is not a ton of sightseeing in Shanghai. Again, relatively speaking. I spent my time visit with a very dear friend with whom I've traveled the world. Alexandra is a German who grew up in Dusseldorf, came of age in Berlin, studied in San Francisco and New York, fell in love in London and is raising her family in Shanghai. Shouldn't we all be so lucky! She showed me restaurants and nightlife, the fabric market and insisted I spend an afternoon at the Shanghai Museum.  The collection is good and most impressive, I think, in their furniture presentation. For this post, though, we will focus on the porcelain and the offerings in the egCOLLECTION that mimic those behind the glass case. 

CELADON CONG SHAPED VASE.              eastern goods. China. 19th century.
                                                   LONGQUAN WARE. 
                                       SOUTHERN SONG. A.D. 1127-1279. 

The Tang horse is a beloved form and eastern goods has late-20th century ceramic reproductions.

             GLAZED HORSE. TANG. A.D. 618-907          eastern goods. vintage.                      eastern goods. vintage. 

The Eight Diagrams is rooted in Chinese mythology and represents natural elements of the earth. Wikipedia, of course, says it best: The bagua (Chinese: 八卦; pinyin: bāguà; Wade–Giles: pakua; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pat-kòa; literally "eight symbols") are eight diagrams used in Taoist cosmology to represent the fundamental principles of reality, seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. Each consists of three lines, each line either "broken" or "unbroken," representing yin or yang, respectively. Due to their tripartite structure, they are often referred to as "trigrams" in English.

                                              BEAN-GREEN SQUARE VASE             eastern goods. China.19th century. 
                                          WITH EIGHT DIAGRAMS PATTERN.       email to inquire.
                                                   JINGDEZHING WARE. 
                                                   QING. A.D. 1909-1911.