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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  • Group of three various Chinese Paintings
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    $200 - $300

    Group of three various Chinese Paintings

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    $200 - $300
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    $100
  • CHINESE INDOPAK MOGUL PAINTING
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    $300 - $600

    CHINESE INDOPAK MOGUL PAINTING

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    $300 - $600
    Lewis and Maese Antiques & ...
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    $125
  • CHINESE INDOPAK MOGUL PAINTING
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    $800 - $1,200

    CHINESE INDOPAK MOGUL PAINTING

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    $800 - $1,200
    Lewis and Maese Antiques & ...
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    $250
  • CHINESE INDOPAK MOGUL PAINTING
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    $800 - $1,200

    CHINESE INDOPAK MOGUL PAINTING

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    $800 - $1,200
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    $250
  • Chinese Antique Watercolor Painting, Signed
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    $100 - $200

    Chinese Antique Watercolor Painting, Signed

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    $100 - $200
    Helmuth Stone Gallery
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    $50
  • VINTAGE CHINESE ANCESTRAL PORTRAIT
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    $250 - $450

    VINTAGE CHINESE ANCESTRAL PORTRAIT

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    $250 - $450
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    $100
  • 19th CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAIN PLAQUE
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    $400 - $800

    19th CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAIN PLAQUE

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    $400 - $800
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    $175
  • Pair of Chinese Ancestral Portraits
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    $300 - $600

    Pair of Chinese Ancestral Portraits

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    $300 - $600
    Helmuth Stone Gallery
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    $150
  • Chinese Wax Seal Container Display
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    $100 - $200

    Chinese Wax Seal Container Display

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    $100 - $200
    Helmuth Stone Gallery
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    $50
  • Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)
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    $300 - $500

    Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)

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    $300 - $500
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $200
  • 18th CENTURY CHINESE SILK EMBROIDERY IN FRAME
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    $150 - $250

    18th CENTURY CHINESE SILK EMBROIDERY IN FRAME

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    $150 - $250
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    $40
  • Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)
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    $300 - $500

    Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)

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    $300 - $500
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $200
  • Zhang Xinying (Chinese, b. 1933)
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    $80 - $120

    Zhang Xinying (Chinese, b. 1933)

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    $80 - $120
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $40
  • Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)
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    $300 - $500

    Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)

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    $300 - $500
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $200
  • Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)
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    $300 - $500

    Shen Zhaohan (Chinese, 1855-1941)

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    $300 - $500
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $200
  • Artist Unknown (Chinese, 20th Century)
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    $100 - $200

    Artist Unknown (Chinese, 20th Century)

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    $100 - $200
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $50
  • Artist Unknown (Chinese, 20th Century)
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    $100 - $200

    Artist Unknown (Chinese, 20th Century)

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    $100 - $200
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $50
  • Xu Guibao (Chinese, 20th Century)
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    $80 - $120

    Xu Guibao (Chinese, 20th Century)

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    $80 - $120
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $40
  • Bai Quan (Chinese, 20th Century)
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    $40 - $60

    Bai Quan (Chinese, 20th Century)

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    $40 - $60
    Gray's Auctioneers LLC
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    $20
  • Framed Chinese Landscape Painting
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    $150 - $250

    Framed Chinese Landscape Painting

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    $150 - $250
    Brunk Auctions
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    $75
  • Three Framed Chinese Paintings
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    $300 - $500

    Three Framed Chinese Paintings

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    $300 - $500
    Brunk Auctions
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    $150
  • Nine Piece Chinese Art Lot
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    $200 - $400

    Nine Piece Chinese Art Lot

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    $200 - $400
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $100
  • Asian Framed Painting on Silk
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    $100 - $200

    Asian Framed Painting on Silk

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    $100 - $200
    Brunk Auctions
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    $50
  • Pair of Chinese Botanical Watercolors
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    $300 - $500

    Pair of Chinese Botanical Watercolors

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    $300 - $500
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $150
  • Chinese Landscape
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    $300 - $500

    Chinese Landscape

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    $300 - $500
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $150
  • Framed Chinese Scholar's Dream Stone
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    $200 - $400

    Framed Chinese Scholar's Dream Stone

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    $200 - $400
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $100
  • Seven Piece Framed Chinese Lot
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    $150 - $250

    Seven Piece Framed Chinese Lot

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    $150 - $250
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $75
  • Large Framed Chinese Scholar's Dream Stone
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    $300 - $500

    Large Framed Chinese Scholar's Dream Stone

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    $300 - $500
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $150
  • Large Framed Chinese Scholar's Dream Stone
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    $300 - $500

    Large Framed Chinese Scholar's Dream Stone

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    $300 - $500
    Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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    $150
  • Chinese School, Group of Four Chinese Landscapes, 20th c., watercolors on silk, each presented in a polychromed frame, H.- 12 1/2 in., W.- 16 in., Fra
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    $300 - $500

    Chinese School, Group of Four Chinese Landscapes, 20th ...

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    $300 - $500
    Crescent City Auction Galle...
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    $150
  • Chinese School, "Portrait of a Lady Reading," 20th c., oil on canvas, unsigned, unframed, H.- 35 7/8 in., W.- 24 in.
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    $250 - $450

    Chinese School, "Portrait of a Lady Reading," 20th c., ...

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    $250 - $450
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    $100
  • Chinese School, "Watching the Horse Races," 20th c., oil on canvas, unsigned, presented in a polychrome frame, H.- 25 7/8 in., W.- 38 in., Framed H.-
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    $200 - $400

    Chinese School, "Watching the Horse Races," 20th c., oi...

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    $200 - $400
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    $100
  • Chinese School, Pair of Landscapes, oil on canvas, one signed indistinctly lower right, each presented in gilt frames, H.- 11 1/2 in., W.- 15 3/8 in.,
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    $150 - $250

    Chinese School, Pair of Landscapes, oil on canvas, one ...

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    $150 - $250
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    $70
  • Chinese School, "Still Life of Flowers," and "Still Life of Flowers with Charm," 20th c., pair of hand painted acrylic on rice paper, each presented i
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    $300 - $500

    Chinese School, "Still Life of Flowers," and "Still Lif...

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    $300 - $500
    Crescent City Auction Galle...
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    $100
  • Group of Six Framed Chinese Works
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    $150 - $250

    Group of Six Framed Chinese Works

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    $150 - $250
    Brunk Auctions
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    $75
  • Framed Chinese Calligraphic Ink on Gilt Paper Fan
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    $200 - $300

    Framed Chinese Calligraphic Ink on Gilt Paper Fan

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    $200 - $300
    Brunk Auctions
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    $100
  • Ding Pu
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    $100 - $200

    Ding Pu

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    $100 - $200
    Brunk Auctions
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    $50
  • A Chinese Painting Album
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    $3,200 - $5,400

    A Chinese Painting Album

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    $3,200 - $5,400
  • Chinese landscape painting
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    $5,700 - $10,100

    Chinese landscape painting

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    $5,700 - $10,100
  • Chinese fishes painting
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    $2,500 - $4,300

    Chinese fishes painting

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    $2,500 - $4,300
  • Chinese sparrows painting on paper
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    $1,000 - $1,600

    Chinese sparrows painting on paper

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    $1,000 - $1,600
  • Chinese insects painting on paper
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    $1,200 - $2,000

    Chinese insects painting on paper

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    $1,200 - $2,000
  • Chinese landscape painting on paper
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    $1,200 - $2,000

    Chinese landscape painting on paper

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    $1,200 - $2,000
  • Chinese plants painting on paper
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    $1,700 - $2,800

    Chinese plants painting on paper

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    $1,700 - $2,800
  • Chinese flowers painting on paper
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    $1,400 - $2,400

    Chinese flowers painting on paper

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    $1,400 - $2,400
  • Chinese flowers and birds painting
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    $2,300 - $3,900

    Chinese flowers and birds painting

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    $2,300 - $3,900
  • Chinese flowers painting on paper
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    $1,200 - $2,000

    Chinese flowers painting on paper

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    $1,200 - $2,000
  • Chinese eagle painting on paper
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    $1,700 - $2,800

    Chinese eagle painting on paper

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    $1,700 - $2,800