Multilayered Meanings: Inscriptions on Chinese Works of Art

New York | 10 – 14 September, 2019
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I nscribed works of art can be found throughout Chinese history, ranging from inscriptions that identify the family or owner of an object, to those that convey auspicious blessings. The resulting pieces masterfully combine the arts of calligraphy, poetry and painting. In many cases, inscriptions can increase the value of an object – such as when imperial poems are inscribed on imperial works of art. This Fall, Sotheby's Chinese works of art auctions feature several objects with exceptional inscriptions, ranging from archaic weapons to fine Qianlong period works of art. Click ahead to discover more.

Multilayered Meanings: Inscriptions on Chinese Works of Art

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