Exhibitions

October 2010

Vintage Chinese Revolutionary Posters and Rare Terracotta Figurines

This collection provides an idea of the styles and themes of propaganda posters and other art forms, produced in China after the birth of the Republic. The People's Republic of China (PRC), also known as Red China or Communist China, was proclaimed by Mao Zedong in 1949.

The Chinese propaganda posters shown here are a collection of well-preserved originals printed both in the early formation of the Republic in the 1950s, and during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). They cover the whole reign of Mao Zedong, the Great Leader, up to his death in 1976.

Their subject matters vary: Some portray Mao Zedong and his closest allies in Chinese political life, others show social groups of workers, peasants, soldiers, intellectuals and students in an idealised form. Overall they celebrate the establishment of the People's Republic of China and the beliefs of the Cultural Revolution.

The posters and rare terracotta figurines of this collection were designed as a way to educate the masses, but also to warn off traitors to the Regime. Created during the Cultural Revolution and sought after these days by private collectors, the figurines, made of "baked earth" or terracotta, represent ordinary scenes from the cultural revolution, or the dignitaries of the Regime. The most rare and spectacular figurines, as shown in this collection, are those that show the scenes of humiliation that the counter revolutionaries were forced to undergo at the hands of the Red Guards: China's youth, mobilised by Mao to remove all capitalist elements from China, using violence where necessary.

Mao's wife, Jiang Qing, and three supporters, who together became notorious as the "Gang of Four", led the drive to impose extreme Maoist doctrines in China. The little red book of Mao’s thoughts, portrayed in the posters and the figurines of this collection, was published at that time, and became the bible that every Chinese revolutionary should carry on their person. Wall posters were hung in all cities, and the Red Guards, depicted here with their red armbands, went on brutal rampages throughout the country, killing and persecuting intellectuals, writers and artists, and sending them to labour camps.

Millions are estimated to have died in these years, through beatings, executions and suicides. Violent social disorder and economic upheaval characterised the darkest period in Maoist history in China. The era ended with Mao's death, the suicide of his wife, and the arrest and execution of the remaining members of the Gang of Four. The restoration of Deng Xiaoping was to follow, when the new path of gradual relaxation of the more extremist policies finally began to be felt.
Paintings purchased in monthly exhibitions receive a complimentary 10% discount.


Support the Front by Chiang Yen
Available

Support the Front by Chiang Yen

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Posters

30x20cm

£ 250.00

A Bumper Harvest by Ma Chi-kwang
Available

A Bumper Harvest by Ma Chi-kwang

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

A Family Study-Group by Li Shu-ch'in
Available

A Family Study-Group by Li Shu-ch'in

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

A State-Owned Farm by Ting Yu
Available

A State-Owned Farm by Ting Yu

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

A Village Cooperative Store by Su Chien
Available

A Village Cooperative Store by Su Chien

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

A Village Mill by T'ien Hsin-fu
Available

A Village Mill by T'ien Hsin-fu

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Celebrating the Inauguration of the People's Republic of China by Chiang Yen
Available

Celebrating the Inauguration of the People's Republic of China by Chiang Yen

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Celebrating the Inauguration of the People's Republic of China by Ting Hao
Available

Celebrating the Inauguration of the People's Republic of China by Ting Hao

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Crossing the Yangtse River by Chin Lang
Available

Crossing the Yangtse River by Chin Lang

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Family Production Conference by Ch'ung Hsing
Available

Family Production Conference by Ch'ung Hsing

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Increase Production of Cotton by Yueh Heng
Available

Increase Production of Cotton by Yueh Heng

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Inspecting the Tractor by Li Ch'i
Available

Inspecting the Tractor by Li Ch'i

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Learning to Read and write by Yen Ch'ien-chiao
Available

Learning to Read and write by Yen Ch'ien-chiao

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Mutual Aid Teams Bring in the Harvest by Ch'ung Hsing
Available

Mutual Aid Teams Bring in the Harvest by Ch'ung Hsing

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Prosperity Comes to the Liberated Peoples of the SouthWest by Lian Huang-Chou
Available

Prosperity Comes to the Liberated Peoples of the SouthWest by Lian Huang-Chou

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Prosperity for Man and Beast by Ch'in Ping
Available

Prosperity for Man and Beast by Ch'in Ping

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Reading Newspapers by Wu Wei
Available

Reading Newspapers by Wu Wei

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

T'ien An Men, Famous Gate of Heavenly Peace, on National Inauguration Day by Ku Ch'un
Available

T'ien An Men, Famous Gate of Heavenly Peace, on National Inauguration Day by Ku Ch'un

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

The Best Workers are Awarded the title of "Labour Hero" by Ku Yi-chou
Available

The Best Workers are Awarded the title of "Labour Hero" by Ku Yi-chou

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

The First Meeting of the Village Peasant Association by Wang Ching-la-hai
Available

The First Meeting of the Village Peasant Association by Wang Ching-la-hai

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

The People's Fighters Help in the Field by Tu K'eh
Available

The People's Fighters Help in the Field by Tu K'eh

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

To Celebrate Victory, We Must Increase Production! by Mo Lang
Available

To Celebrate Victory, We Must Increase Production! by Mo Lang

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Trade Between City and Countryside Means Prosperity by Chung Chien-wen
Available

Trade Between City and Countryside Means Prosperity by Chung Chien-wen

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Water parade in Shanghai
Available

Water parade in Shanghai

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

We All Love and Honour Chairman Mao by Wu Li Chieh-to
Available

We All Love and Honour Chairman Mao by Wu Li Chieh-to

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Welcome to Our Soviet Friends by Teng Shu
Available

Welcome to Our Soviet Friends by Teng Shu

(Part of a folio of 30 prints, printed on rice paper, in Shanghai and dated 1950.)

Chinese

1950

Prints

30x20cm

£ 250.00

Chairman Mao will forever more be joined with us heart to heart.
Available

Chairman Mao will forever more be joined with us heart to heart.

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50x30cm

£ 1,000.00

Mao Tse Tung's thoughts will always emit rays of light!
Available

Mao Tse Tung's thoughts will always emit rays of light!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

Raise quality and create high-quality goods!
Available

Raise quality and create high-quality goods!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

Stick closely to Chairman Mao and move forward in the great wind and the great waves!
Available

Stick closely to Chairman Mao and move forward in the great wind and the great waves!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

Strengthen the army. Civilian unity in opposition to the enemy and be prepared at any time to oppose the encroachers!
Available

Strengthen the army. Civilian unity in opposition to the enemy and be prepared at any time to oppose the encroachers!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

Taiwan must be liberated!
Sold

Taiwan must be liberated!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

The American encroachers must be punished!
Available

The American encroachers must be punished!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

The army unite as one and let us see who under heaven can take us on!
Available

The army unite as one and let us see who under heaven can take us on!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

The communist party members are the proletariat's predecessors
Available

The communist party members are the proletariat's predecessors

(the mothers of the proletariat)

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

The great 100 year plan. Quality first!
Available

The great 100 year plan. Quality first!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

The London assurance company
Sold

The London assurance company

(written in Chinese too under the English)

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

The mother country's mountains and streams are a sea of red!
Available

The mother country's mountains and streams are a sea of red!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

Warmly celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the birth of the Chinese Communist Party.
Available

Warmly celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the birth of the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50x30cm

£ 1,000.00

Wen Zhu goes back to the Han kingdom (China)
Available

Wen Zhu goes back to the Han kingdom (China)

(some folkloric character who is returning to the motherland)

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50 x 70 cm

£ 1,000.00

Sweeping Snow by Ku Yuan
Available

Sweeping Snow by Ku Yuan

((coloured woodcut))

Chinese

1950

Works on Paper: Woodcut

20x15.5cm

£ 250.00

Celebrating the Republic of China (early 20th century, pre WWII)
Available

Celebrating the Republic of China (early 20th century, pre WWII)

Chinese

Unknown Date

Prints

30 x 40 cm

£ 550.00

Scenes of Humiliation
Available

Scenes of Humiliation

(Cultural Revolution Statuette, Original Maoist Figurine)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

30x20cm

£ 950.00

Scenes of Humiliation (front view of statuette)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation (front view of statuette)

(Cultural Revolution Statuette, Original Maoist Figurine)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

30x20cm

£ 950.00

Scenes of Humiliation (left side view of statuette)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation (left side view of statuette)

(Cultural Revolution Statuette, Original Maoist Figurine)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

30x20cm

£ 950.00

Scenes of Humiliation (right side view of statuette)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation (right side view of statuette)

(Cultural Revolution Statuette, Original Maoist Figurine)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

30x20cm

£ 950.00

Scenes of Humiliation (side view of statuette)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation (side view of statuette)

(Cultural Revolution Statuette, Original Maoist Figurine)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

30x20cm

£ 950.00

Scenes of Humiliation II
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30cm

£ 1,100.00

Scenes of Humiliation II (back view of statuettes)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II (back view of statuettes)

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30 cm

£ 1,100.00

Scenes of Humiliation II (front view of statuettes)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II (front view of statuettes)

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30 cm

£ 1,100.00

Scenes of Humiliation II (frontal view of statuettes)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II (frontal view of statuettes)

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30 cm

£ 1,100.00

Scenes of Humiliation II (left side view of statuettes)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II (left side view of statuettes)

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30 cm

£ 1,100.00

Scenes of Humiliation II (right side view of statuettes)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II (right side view of statuettes)

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30cm

£ 1,100.00

Scenes of Humiliation II (side view of statuettes)
Available

Scenes of Humiliation II (side view of statuettes)

(Cultural Revolution Statuettes, Original Maoist Figurines)

Chinese

1966-76

Terracotta

40 x 30 cm

£ 1,100.00

Long live the victory of the way of Chairman Mao's proletarian revolution!
Available

Long live the victory of the way of Chairman Mao's proletarian revolution!

Chinese

1966-76

Vintage Posters

50x30cm

£ 1,000.00

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