Of rare and strange beauty, an ancient Chinese garden—probably of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), has been moved to France. Such relocation is the only one known in history and no others may follow except a new relocation of this fascinating.
This is at the same time a challenging experience and a beautiful manner to illustrate one of the finest and most sophisticated Chinese art forms, celebrated the world over.
This garden is a deeply inspired composition of 300 ancient stones and scholar’s rocks. They were reassembled following the exact original layout, previously recorded on computer at the time of its dismantling.
It is graced by an extraordinary collection of 20 Taihu rocks. Some of those scholar’s rocks might predate the garden itself in the Song/Yuan period (11th/14th c.). It is crowned by 2 exceptional specimens that give the garden its spectacular look.
Besides this monumentality, it retains the elegance and restraint taste of the scholars of the time. The minimalistic layout, all enclosed within a grotto-like volume, is directly inspired by the literati painting art of the Yuan/early Ming dynasties. The dreamlike landscape recreated from a phantasmagorical geography spreads tranquility in the viewer’s heart and serenity in his mind.
The garden is an extremely rare example of an intact Ming dynasty garden, maintaining its original design and keeping its extraordinary collection of rocks. As it is relatively compact, independent from its setting and of a manageable size (14.5x4.5x3.5m), it allows many possibilities for relocation, including within very contemporary art surroundings. For collectors this might be the only chance in a long time to acquire such an ancient garden and reinstall it to the place of their choice.