Monday, March 2, 2015

Lady Cheongsams Tang San Cai {唐三彩} Chinese Art Tiles

Today is our 12th anniversary together!! Nothing much planned as we didn't take leave since we're going on a trip soon but we're out having a nice family meal tonight at a new-to-us Spanish restaurant. More on that later but I just wanted to share my gorgeous 12th anniversary present the boy bought for me over the weekend!!

We happened to come across a small fair at Raffles City selling a variety of traditional Chinese art and oriental products specially flown in from China in celebration of the Chinese New Year and I saw these beautiful coloured tiles. Since I admire cheongsams so much, these really spoke out to me and it was love at first sight!

The Chinese artist {Hu Xiao Hui} was there and she explained that these tiles were made using the Tang San Cai {tricolour-glazed pottery, 唐三彩} technique. You can read more about it here, but it's basically is a kind of handmade glazed ware created in the Northern and Southern Dynasty of China {386-589} about 1,400 years ago. During the Tang Dynasty {618-907}, the production of Tang San Cai reached its peak, which is part of the reason the pottery got the name of Tang San Cai.

Tricolour is a general term, and it is not limited to three colours. It was originally used to make camels, horses and other figurines but the artist used it to decorate tiles of various sizes depicting Chinese life and culture as a type of porcelain panel painting. 

These 2 tiles are slightly more expensive that her other work as they were exhibited in France before. I also had my eye on another design of a traditional Chinese opera singer but didn't get it. Still thinking of it though...

I'm kinda slow in putting up stuff on my walls but the next day after we got them, I quickly asked the boy to help me hang them up in our bedroom. So exquisitely beautiful, I feel happy just looking at them everyday. Even gave my ladies in cheongsams names - Ming Xue {in blue} and Cui Er {in green} :P

Thank you for my lovely anniversary present, dear Poogeo!!! Muakz muakz muakz!

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14 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Those are GORGEOUS. I have a tattoo on my back with some Chinese symbols and I think they are so cool.

alissa apel said...

It's so pretty! I love the colors of the art!

Theresa Mahoney said...

They are gorgeous! I can see why you love looking at them every day. What a lovely gift :)

indah nuria Savitri said...

oooh my...such a wonderful gift! And very beautiful as well...happy anniversary :)

Sweetday said...

Lovely tiles! Happy Anniversary!

mAy said...

How lovely! I thought I read about it some time back =) So! Your anniversary is coming up next week! More tiles to add to the wall? =D

Bumble Bee Mum said...

Very pretty indeed!! I don't dare to hang such things in my house coz my itchy-handed boys would probably break them. :p

Danessa Foo said...

The tiles are breathtakingly beautiful... Perfect for any wall 😊

Shubhada Bhide said...

All these artifacts are so amazing. Salute to the artisans who create such pieces.

Jacqualine Chan said...

SO PRETTY!!! Why did you name them Ming Xue and Cui Er though?! LOLOL

Claudia Lim said...

You my dear is the cheong sam lady. And these are super pretty and so so you.

Meiling Wong-Chainani said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!! Really pretty and thoughtful gift from your hubby! They look gorgeous and I love how you presented them on this post! :-)

Mums Babies said...

Such a gorgeous piece of work and it will look beautiful anywhere and everywhere.

Mary H said...

Now, I associate anything Cheongsam with you ;)
A lovely gift! What will you be doing for this year's anniversary?