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Chinese, Tang Dynasty 618-907, Tomb figure (detail)

One of the few steady bright spots in the art and antiques field these days is the Chinese market, and the best way for a dealer to learn good-better-best is to go to art museums. Princeton is one of the best. While walking through here a few weeks ago, in another wise quiet series of galleries, one thing was consistent, that of Chinese voices. My curiousity piqued, I followed them to discover the Chinese antiques display located down on the bottom floor in the Museum. I have no idea of the value of these works, but they were so bizarre, yet meticulous, that they were hypnotic. Commercially, everybody may know Ming ceramics are important, but after seeing the T’ang Lion faced tomb guardian, this writer saw something special indeed. That they have five of them makes it that much more captivating.

Obviously the Chinese tourists know about the depth of the Princeton collection, as I followed them into these galleries. The market for Chinese works, the demand for them should remain strong, and if something goes bonkers at auction, it would not be a surprise if any of them looked like these at Princeton.

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Chinese, T’ang Dynasty 618-907, Lion Faced Tomb Guardian

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Chinese, T’ang Dynasty 618-907, Tomb Guardian

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Chinese, T’ang Dynasty 618-907, Tomb Guardian

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Chinese, T’ang Dynasty 618-907, Tomb Guardian

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Chinese, Tang Dynasty 618-907, Tomb Figure of a Warrior,
Polychromed ceramic with traces of gilding

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Chinese, Six Dynasties Period (AD 220-589), Tomb Figurines

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Ming Dynasty

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The Admission is always free.

Princeton Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Princeton, NJ 08542

About the Author

Robert Alexander Boyle

Robert Alexander Boyle

 Alexander Boyle is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT where he majored in History. Prior to graduation he co-authored the seminal book Acid Rain in 1983. Alex has worked for the Metropo...