China is famous for its great richness in art treasures. With a culture that goes?
G GV: People entering antique shop in Beijing
SV PAN INTERIOR: Various antiques on shelves
CUL Various antiques vases (2 shots)
CU: Antique metal work. (2 shots)
CU: Porcelain statuettes (3 shots)
CU: Porcelain rider from Tang dynasty
CU: Various designers (3 shots)
GV AND SV: Visitors looking at antiques (6 shots)
SV: Porcelain vases made during Qing dynasty (2 shots)
CU: Blue bowl made during reign of Emperor Yongezheng of the Qing Dynasty
CU: Multi coloured bowl, reign of Guangxu. (2 shots)
CU: Huge porcelain vase, reign of Qialong. (2 shots)
GV: Visitors looking at antiques
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Background: China is famous for its great richness in art treasures. With a culture that goes back over many centuries, China has produced some of the most intriguing designs in man's history. Recently the Chinese government has lifted a ban on the sale of antiques which dates back more than two hundred years. and art collectors from all over the world have ceased on a unique opportunity to share this vast artistic wealth.
SYNOPSIS: This is the ancient antique shop in Beijing's famous Street of Antiques, Liu Li Chang, where art objects have been sold for more than a century. The premises now house a new shop selling collectors' items going back for thousands of years and which may be taken out of the country. Previously only items less than two hundred years old were sold. The shop opened with an exhibition of artifacts, all of which were certified by experts and advisors to the Palace Museum in Beijing. All the articles on display are historical relics which range in origin from the Western Zhou Dynasty which ended in 771 B.C. right up to the Qing Dynasty which ended in 1911 A.D. They include porcelain and pottery, bronzes, jade and stone carvings, bamboo and wood carvings, painting and scrolls of calligraphy. All are genuine relics handed down from generation. to generation. There are bronzes from various art periods before the birth of Christ, from the Han Dynasty before and after the birth of Christ, porcelain hoses from the Tang Dynasty which lasted from the seventh to the ninth century, and paintings and calligraphy from the more recent ming and Qing Dynasties.
One of the scrolls calligraphy was brushed by Emperor Kangxi. Ever since its opening the shop has been flooded with visitors from overseas. All purchases are certified as genuine and only those of which there are duplicates in museums are sold.
China was first in making porcelain. This vase dates back to the Qing Dynasty.
From the same period comes this bowl, made during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng.
This beautiful multi-coloured bowl was made during the reign of Emperor Guanoxu. He is also of the Qing Dynasty.
This vase was made during the reign of Emperor Qinalong of the Qing Dynasty. It is a blue and white design of flowers and dragons, and is one of the most expensive items in the shop.
The exhibition has stimulated much interest among overseas buyers.