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Chinese Classical & Modern Drawings

Historically, Chinese drawing included both figural ink or watercolor sketches as well as calligraphic writings on paper. Similar to Chinese paintings, drawings are marked by dynamic use of line. Expression through penmanship, therefore, is elevated in Chinese culture to the ranks of high art forms like painting.

Chinese drawings, rather than merely depicting life by appearances, sought to capture expression and feeling by channeling it from the artist, through the brush, and onto paper. Understanding the spirit of the subject was more important than the physical resemblance. Calligraphy, with each word defined by its own unique drawing, became an important form of art with the emergence of written language in China, starting before 1500 B.C.


Quick Facts

  • The Chinese have long embraced drawing for its clarity, energy, and aesthetic form
  • In ancient China, calligraphy was viewed as a higher art form than painting until the Song Dynasty, when painting became closely associated with calligraphy
  • Chinese drawings originated first as ornamental decorations on everyday objects before becoming appreciated on their own

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Chinese or Japanese Calligraphy of Zen Sutra Scroll
May 28, 12:00 PM BST
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ATTRIBUTED AND SIGNED ZHUANGQUAN YU(1976-). A INK AND COLOR ON PAPER HANGING PAINTING. H731.
May 28, 11:00 AM EDT
ATTRIBUTED AND SIGNED ZHUANGQUAN YU(1976-). A INK AND COLOR ON PAPER HANGING PAINTING. H731.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $2,500- $5,500
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ATTRIBUTED AND SIGNED GUOFENG DONG. A INK AND COLOR ON PAPER HANGING PAINTING. H732.
May 28, 11:00 AM EDT
ATTRIBUTED AND SIGNED GUOFENG DONG. A INK AND COLOR ON PAPER HANGING PAINTING. H732.
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Est: $2,000- $3,500
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Pedro Diaz Antonio (b. 1945) Ink on Amate Paper
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Est: $200- $300
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Est: €400- €600
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HUANG YONGYU (1924 - 2023)
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Est: €3,000- €5,000
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Est: $500- $800
$3000 Bids
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May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
ZENG MI (1933-2022)
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Est: €200- €400
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May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
ILLUMINATION OF A TITLE PAGE
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Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
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Jun 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Chinese Peony Blossoms, Ink wash with color
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Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
呂佛庭 LU FOTING ( Taiwanese, 1911-2005 )
Jun 16, 2:30 PM CST
呂佛庭 LU FOTING ( Taiwanese, 1911-2005 )
by Zhong Cheng Auction Co. Ltd.
Est: NT$20,000- NT$40,000
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陳澄波 CHEN CHENGPO ( Taiwanese, 1895-1947 )
Jun 16, 2:30 PM CST
陳澄波 CHEN CHENGPO ( Taiwanese, 1895-1947 )
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Est: NT$340,000- NT$400,000
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Chinese calligraphy - A Full Life BY Oi Yee Tai Canvas Reproduction
Jun 05, 9:00 PM EDT
Chinese calligraphy - A Full Life BY Oi Yee Tai Canvas Reproduction
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Est: $280- $350
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A Pair of Chinese Calligraphy
May 25, 8:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Chinese Calligraphy
by Annabel's Galleries Inc.
Est: $600- $700
$3000 Bids
A Chinese Calligraphy
May 25, 8:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Calligraphy
by Annabel's Galleries Inc.
Est: $500- $600
$3000 Bids
A Chinese Calligraphy
May 25, 8:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Calligraphy
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Est: $500- $600
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A Chinese Calligraphy
May 25, 8:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Calligraphy
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Est: $700- $800
$4000 Bids
A Chinese Calligraphy
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A Chinese Calligraphy
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Est: $500- $600
$3000 Bids
A Chinese Calligraphy
May 25, 8:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Calligraphy
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Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
A Pair of Chinese Antithetical Couplets by
May 23, 2:00 PM PDT
A Pair of Chinese Antithetical Couplets by
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $2,400- $3,400
$3000 Bids
A Chinese Calligraphy by Mi Fu
May 23, 2:00 PM PDT
A Chinese Calligraphy by Mi Fu
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$8000 Bids
A Pair of Chinese Antithetical Couplets by Qi Gong
May 23, 2:00 PM PDT
A Pair of Chinese Antithetical Couplets by Qi Gong
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$3000 Bids
A Pair of Chinese Antithetical Couplets by Wu Chang Shuo
May 23, 2:00 PM PDT
A Pair of Chinese Antithetical Couplets by Wu Chang Shuo
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $2,500- $3,500
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Sellers Who Sell Chinese Classical & Modern Drawings


Ravenel

Ravenel

Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.

Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.

Bonhams

Bonhams

Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction