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Chinese classical furniture : the complete illustrated guide for collectors

Author: Desheng Hu; Yongji Song; Reader's Digest Association.
Publisher: Pleasantville, NY : Readers Digest, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At its most practical, the book tells you how to appraise classical furnishings. At its most pleasurable, it opens a window onto the culture of dynastic China--especially the eras of the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911) ... Hundreds of full-color illustrations of screens, couches, tables, chairs, beds, chests, and other furnishings are accompanied by detailed descriptions ... Five eye-opening chapters  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Desheng Hu; Yongji Song; Reader's Digest Association.
ISBN: 9781606520017 1606520016 9781606520130 160652013X
OCLC Number: 244628311
Description: 304 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface --
How to collect classical Chinese furniture? --
Different types of structure of classical furniture --
T-shaped joints --
Straight angle joint --
Joint of the panel and assembling a frame with a floating panel --
Joint of the leg, top and apron panel --
Joint of the continuous floor stretcher (tuoni), leg and foot --
Joint of curved members --
Running horse tenon (huosunkaihe) structure --
Decorative techniques of classical furniture --
Structural component --
Molding --
Carving --
Lacquer --
Inlay --
Metal ornament. Motifs Used on Classical Furniture --
Dragon --
Phoenix --
Hornless Dragon --
Bat --
Cloud --
Flower --
Mountain-and-River --
Geometric --
Mythological Figures and Animals --
Auspicious Elements --
Materials of Classical Furniture --
Huanghuali (Yellow Rosewood) --
Suanzhimu or Hongmu (Blackwood) --
Zitan (Purple Sandlewood) --
Hualimu (Rosewood) --
Tielimu (Ironwood) --
Jichimu (Chicken-Wing Wood) --
Yingmu (Burl) and Wumu (Ebony) --
Huangyangmu (Box Wood) and Nanmu (Cedar) --
Jumu (Southern Elm) and Zhangmu (Camphor) --
Yumu (Elm) --
Hetaomu (Walnut) and Qiumu (Catalpa) --
Baimu (Cypress) --
Six Catagories of Traditional Chinese Furniture --
Beds and Couches --
Seating Furniture/Thrones, Chairs and Stools --
Tables --
Cabinets, Closets and Chests --
Screens --
Racks and Stands --
Appendices --
Ancient Chinese Furniture in Different Historical Periods --
Comparison between the Ming Furniture and the Qing Furniture --
An Auction List of Ancient and Classical Chinese Furniture in the Last 10 years --
Dynasties in Chinese History.
Responsibility: Hu Desheng and Song Yongji.
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"At its most practical, the book tells you how to appraise classical furnishings. At its most pleasurable, it opens a window onto the culture of dynastic China--especially the eras of the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911) ... Hundreds of full-color illustrations of screens, couches, tables, chairs, beds, chests, and other furnishings are accompanied by detailed descriptions ... Five eye-opening chapters spotlight: different types of structures; decorative techniques; motifs and their symbolism; hardwoods, many of them rare; six traditional furniture categories, from beds to stands."--Back cover.

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