With our upcoming auction featuring many ceramic and painting works depicting the venerable and beautiful tradition of gardens in Chinese art we wanted to share Karbury’s love of the traditional Chinese garden. The garden brings together the three perfections: calligraphy, poetry and painting in a truly wondrous way, exhibited in ceramics, porcelains, paintings, and more.
Gardens and the depiction of their beauty in art and literature have long been an important part of Chinese culture, particularly among the elite. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as early as the Zhou dynasty enormous parks were maintained for hunting and entertainment while the Han dynasty had a predilection for collecting unusual fauna and flora. As well, gardens were regarded as a reflection of their owner’s taste and character. From the 12th century, the Suzhou region of China earned a stellar reputation for amazing gardens that thrived because of lovely climates and a rich local economy. Even a private garden is meant to give the feeling of being in the greater outdoors, a place of adventure and contemplation. Smaller plants represent forests –pools larger expansive rivers and rock formations evoke great vertical mountains.
Chinese gardens have long been the space of refuge for scholars and poets. This tradition has been beautifully preserved in woodblocks from painting manuals such as the 17th century Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting and the Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual, 1679.
Want to visit an amazing Chinese garden in the United States? Try the Huntington ... where you can find one of the largest traditional gardens outside of the mainland, the stunning Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園
In this place of extraordinary visual arrangement, we see many elements of creativity: literature, beautiful architectural motifs, plant cultivation and an admiration of the natural world. Bodies of water, arrangements of rocks, and local flora as well come together in this poem of a place.
Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting from The Huntington on Vimeo.
Still want to learn about this amazing tradition and see beautiful pictures? Visit the Huntington's blog. Want more? You can also visit the Seattle Chinese Garden, and enjoy the extraordinary Peony festival open from April 8-9th, 2017 or the Lau Su Garden, Portland. Another gem is the Dr. Sun Yat Clasic Chinese Garden in Vancouver.
And don’t miss our wonderful selection of beautiful and fascinating artwork and decorative pieces available this auction season. Own a piece of history and fine craftsmanship.