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中国翠羽套件

我上一个贴子是关于中国珐琅之美的。几千年来中国手工艺人还使用另外一种办法, 不需要珐琅工艺, 来给他们的金属制品添加颜色。将翠鸟发着虹光的蓝色羽毛做为镶嵌, 点翠工艺被用于大到装饰性屏风小到这里展示的首饰。

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Chinese Kingfisher Set

中国翠羽套件

Thursday, February 07, 2008

二零零八年二月七日, 星期四

My last post was about the beauty of Chinese enamels. For thousands of years Chinese artisans found another way to add colour to their metal ornaments without enameling. The art; tian-tsui (“dotting with kingfishers”) utilized the iridescent blue feathers of the Kingfisher as an inlay for ornaments ranging from large decorative screens to the small pieces of jewelry  featured here.

我上一个贴子是关于中国珐琅之美的。几千年来中国手工艺人还使用另外一种办法, 不需要珐琅工艺, 来给他们的金属制品添加颜色。将翠鸟发着虹光的蓝色羽毛做为镶嵌, 点翠工艺被用于大到装饰性屏风小到这里展示的首饰。

My collection focuses on late 19th and early 20th century pieces. Early pieces of Kingfisher jewelry use only the blue feathers... as seen in these photos the later pieces incorporate feathers of other vibrant colours...

我的收藏集中于十九世纪晚期到二十世纪早期的物品。早期翠羽首饰只使用蓝色的羽毛; 而晚期的, 比如这些照片上所示的, 则使用了其他鲜艳的颜色。

The kingfisher was highly prized for its brilliant plumage... a small bird... slightly larger than a sparrow...  the demand for feathers almost brought these birds to extinction and by 1930 all the workshops producing this jewelry had closed.

翠鸟因为它们鲜艳的羽毛而贵重。它们是一种小型鸟类, 比麻雀大一点点儿。对它们羽毛的需求使这些鸟儿几乎灭种, 到一九三零年时所有制作这类首饰的作坊都关闭了。

... these pieces mix the blue with red, green and purple feathers ... I'm not sure if this mix of colours was because of the scarcity of the feathers or a new artistic style.

这些首饰混杂了红, 绿和紫色的羽毛在蓝色里面。我不太清楚这样的混色是因为羽毛的稀少还是一种新的艺术风格。

Chinese artisans painstakingly glued small clippings of feathers to gold, silver or brass ornaments.

中国手工艺人费心地将小片的羽毛粘到金, 银或铜制的饰品上

Please.. never try to clean these pieces. They are quite delicate and fragile ...very difficult to restore.

永远不要清理这些首饰。它们非常的细致而脆弱, 非常难以修复。

For more information on this fascinating art form see  "Kingfisher Blue: Treasures of an Ancient Chinese Art", Beverley Jackson, Ten Speed Press.

想知道更多关于这种非常迷人的艺术形式的知识, 请看 蓝色翠羽: 古代中国艺术之瑰宝”, Beverly Jackson, Ten Speed Press (十速出版社)

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