Chinese Paintings

As one of the major art forms with continuous artistic traditions in the world, Chinese paintings reflect a close relationship to the ideals associated with Buddhism and Taoism of total concentration in the present and harmony with nature. The use of brush and water-based color on paper and silk to create images, most often Chinese landscapes, have defined the character of Chinese paintings over the centuries. The carefully curated Chinese paintings for sale at the Bidsquare Asian Works of Art auction presents high-quality works spanning centuries and encompassing a variety of styles, attracting global museums and private collectors alike.

Traditional Chinese Paintings

Chinese paintings do not only attempt to capture the outer appearance of a subject but also its essence as well - nature and character. The paintings reflect two major traditions - the Meticulous Style - Gong-bi (also court tradition), characterized by its typical incorporation of delicate chinese calligraphy strokes and close attention to detail, and the Freehand Style (Shui-mo) with its emphasis on the essence of a subject rather than its appearance.

In terms of the theme, Chinese paintings embody the depiction of human figures, landscapes, birds, and flowers. It was during the Tang Dynasty that figure paintings became highly developed, while landscape painting reached its peak during the Song Dynasty. The exposure of Western art to Chinese painters during the 19th and 20th centuries led to the creation of a new style that is an amalgamation of traditional Chinese painting with Western impressionism and perspective. The aesthetics of paintings and calligraphy have contributed significantly to the flowing lines and linear designs in creating paintings, in which both the art form and the spirit of the object get equal importance.

Characteristics of Chinese Painting

In contrast to Western art, there is more emphasis on water-based techniques than oils or acrylics in Chinese painting, and similar to calligraphy it was done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink, typically on paper or silk. The completed artwork was mounted as hanging scrolls or handscrolls to be passed to later generations.

Covering centuries of Chinese history, the vintage and antique Chinese paintings for sale at Bidsquare online auctions feature a diverse range of subject matter including exquisite landscapes, bird-and-flowers, figures, and calligraphic works, offering collectors and connoisseurs the opportunity to enrich their collection of these timeless artworks.

Quick Facts about Chinese Paintings

  • The painting was often inspired by poetry and combined with calligraphy.
  • Many paintings have been preserved in tombs of emperors and other important people.
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  • CHINESE SCROLL PAINTING
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    $800 - $1,200

    CHINESE SCROLL PAINTING

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    $800 - $1,200
    Wiederseim Associates, Inc....
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    $400
  • Pr Framed Chinese Ancestor Ptgs On Silk 25 1/2"H X 15 1/2"
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    $225 - $325

    Pr Framed Chinese Ancestor Ptgs On Silk 25 1/2"H X 15 1...

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    $225 - $325
    George Cole Auctions & Real...
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    $90
  • Chinese 'Tribute Horse' Painting
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    $500 - $1,000

    Chinese 'Tribute Horse' Painting

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    $500 - $1,000
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $250
  • Wang Wu, Chinese, Pair of Paintings
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    $200 - $400

    Wang Wu, Chinese, Pair of Paintings

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $100
  • Chinese Painting on Silk of a Heron
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    $100 - $200

    Chinese Painting on Silk of a Heron

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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  • Chinese Scroll Painting, Ink and Color on Silk
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    $200 - $400

    Chinese Scroll Painting, Ink and Color on Silk

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $100
  • Qing Dynasty Chinese Reverse Glass Painting
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    $400 - $800

    Qing Dynasty Chinese Reverse Glass Painting

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $200
  • (2) Chinese Qing Imperial Reverse Glass Paintings
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    (2) Chinese Qing Imperial Reverse Glass Paintings

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $200
  • Chinese Painting, Ink and Color on Silk
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    Chinese Painting, Ink and Color on Silk

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    $100 - $200
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $50
  • Qing Dynasty Chinese Reverse Glass Painting
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    Qing Dynasty Chinese Reverse Glass Painting

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $200
  • Chinese Painting, Ink and Color on Silk
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    Chinese Painting, Ink and Color on Silk

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    Sarasota Estate Auction
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  • Chinese Scroll Painting, Ink and Color on Silk
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    $100 - $200

    Chinese Scroll Painting, Ink and Color on Silk

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    $100 - $200
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $50
  • 19th C. Rare Chinese Oil on Canvas "Pearl River"
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    $6,000 - $8,000

    19th C. Rare Chinese Oil on Canvas "Pearl River"

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    $6,000 - $8,000
    Antique Kingdom Inc.
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    $4,700
  • Huang Leisheng (1928-2011) Chinese, Watercolor
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    Huang Leisheng (1928-2011) Chinese, Watercolor

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    $100 - $200
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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  • Chinese Hand Painted Watercolor on Paper Mounted to Silk Scroll, Ca. 20th Cen., "Mountain Scene", H 38.5" W 20.5"
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    $150 - $250

    Chinese Hand Painted Watercolor on Paper Mounted to Sil...

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    DuMouchelles
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    $70
  • Three Asian Pieces
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    Three Asian Pieces

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    $100 - $300
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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  • Chinese Reverse Paintings
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    $5 - $500

    Chinese Reverse Paintings

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  • Attributed to Ding Yunpeng
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    $500 - $700

    Attributed to Ding Yunpeng

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    $500 - $700
  • Two Chinese Paintings
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    $150 - $250

    Two Chinese Paintings

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    $150 - $250
  • Chinese Painting
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    $600 - $1,200

    Chinese Painting

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    $600 - $1,200
  • Chinese Painting
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    $2,000 - $5,000

    Chinese Painting

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  • Chinese Painting
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    Chinese Painting

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  • Chinese Paintings
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    Chinese Paintings

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  • Chinese Painting
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    Chinese Painting

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Chinese Painting
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    $100 - $200

    Chinese Painting

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  • Chinese Painting
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    Chinese Painting

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  • A Chinese Painting
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    A Chinese Painting

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    $3,000 - $7,000
  • A Chinese Painting
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    $500 - $1,500

    A Chinese Painting

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    $500 - $1,500
  • A Chinese Painting
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    A Chinese Painting

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  • Chinese Painting
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    Chinese Painting

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  • A Chinese Painting
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    $500 - $1,500

    A Chinese Painting

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  • A Chinese Painting
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    $500 - $1,500

    A Chinese Painting

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    $500 - $1,500
  • A Chinese Painting
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    $500 - $1,500

    A Chinese Painting

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    $500 - $1,500
  • A Chinese Painting Album
    Price$256

    A Chinese Painting Album

  • THREE CHINESE PAINTINGS
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    $150 - $250

    THREE CHINESE PAINTINGS

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    $150 - $250
  • A Framed Chinese Painting
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    $1,000 - $1,500

    A Framed Chinese Painting

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • A Framed Chinese Painting
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    A Framed Chinese Painting

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • A Framed Chinese Painting
    Price$33,000

    A Framed Chinese Painting

  • Chinese Framed Painting
    Price$384

    Chinese Framed Painting

  • Chinese Embroidery Painting
    Price$128

    Chinese Embroidery Painting

  • Chinese Scroll Painting
    Price$640

    Chinese Scroll Painting

  • Chinese Framed Painting
    Price$256

    Chinese Framed Painting

  • Chinese Framed Painting
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    $3,000 - $5,000

    Chinese Framed Painting

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • A Chinese Painting
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    $500 - $1,500

    A Chinese Painting

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    $500 - $1,500
  • A Framed Chinese Painting
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    A Framed Chinese Painting

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Chinese Painting
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    $7,000 - $14,000

    Chinese Painting

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    $7,000 - $14,000
  • Chinese Painting on Silk of Peacocks
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    $100 - $200

    Chinese Painting on Silk of Peacocks

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    $100 - $200
  • A Framed Chinese Painting
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    $300 - $500

    A Framed Chinese Painting

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    $300 - $500