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Sensuous surfaces : the decorative object in early modern China

Author: Jonathan Hay
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The author explores materials and techniques, as well as issues of patronage and taste, which together formed a loose system of informal rules that affected every level of decoration in early modern China, from an individual object to the arrangement of an entire residential interior. By engaging the actual and metaphoric potential of surface, Hay contends, this system guided the production and use of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Hay
ISBN: 9781861894083 1861894082
OCLC Number: 680546439
Description: 440 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Preface THE DECORATIVE OBJECT 1 Decoration as Luxury 2 The Object Thinks with Us 3 Surface, Metaphor, Affect THE SURFACESCAPE OF THE OBJECT 4 Monochrome Smoothness 5 Material Patterning 6 Formal Pattern 7 Depiction 8 Inscription 9 Fictive Surface 10 Diversified Surface THE SURFACESCAPE OF THE ROOM 11 Layering across Hierarchy 12 Object Landscapes 13 The Atmospherics of Surface 14 The Erotic Economy of Decoration Acknowledgments
Responsibility: Jonathan Hay.

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An introduction to the decorative arts in Ming and Qing dynasty China. It explores materials and techniques, as well as issues of patronage and taste, which together formed a loose system of informal  Read more...

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