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A Long Lineage – Ancestor Worship

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ancestor worship has been an integral part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. Altar shrines, as the place where spirits of the forefathers were believed reside, were made with exceptional care and craftsmanship. Today, they are one of the most coveted categories of Chinese antique furniture. Though the veneration of ancestors may seem like a tradition exclusive to the East, similar practices also exist among our daily lives here in the West....

Now You See It, Now You Don't – The Disappearance of Chinese Antique Furniture

Friday, May 15, 2015

During China's Cultural Revolution, thousands of antique furniture were seized and confiscated for representing the 'bourgeois.' In Tibet, most artworks were destroyed and the only ones to survive were those smuggled out of the country. When Mao's reign ended, these antiques flooded out of warehouses and were swept up by the Western market. In recent years, however, the flood has slowed to a trickle and rarity has greatly influenced the value of high quality Chinese and Tibetan antiques...

The Great Leap – Chinese Cultural Revolution Memorabilia

Friday, February 20, 2015

Many would argue that China's Cultural Revolution was nothing short of destructive, especially in terms of traditional artworks. However, a different sort of art arose in the forms of propaganda and memorabilia that are captivating in their own right. Central in all of the works is Mao Zedong, a man who was feared, admired, hated and loved, but a man who nevertheless had the strength, power and charisma to move an entire nation...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER