Arts from the Scholar’s Studio. Catalogue of an Exhibition Presented by The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Fung Ping Shan Museum

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300pp. 207 color and 186 b/w illustrations. Numerous drawings, text in English with Chinese captions. Studies and illustrates works of art produced and treasured by the Chinese literati. Exhibited items include seals, inkstones, writing accessories, jade, ivory, wood, stone and rhinocero horn carvings.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (January 4, 1988)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0710303211
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0710303219

Spirit Stones: The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rock

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Brilliant photographs of scholars' rocks, or Chinese ornamental stones, from a leading collection

Shaped by nature and selected by man, scholars' rocks, or gongshi, have been prized by Chinese intellectuals since the Tang dynasty, and are now sought after by Western collectors as well.

They are a natural subject for the photographer Jonathan Singer, most recently acclaimed for his images of those other remarkable hybrids of art and nature, Japanese bonsai.

Here Singer turns his lens on some 150 fine gongshi, ancient and modern, from the world-class collection of Kemin Hu, a recognized authority on this art form. In his photographs, Singer captures the spiritual qualities of these stones as never thought possible in two dimensions; he shows us that scholars' rocks truly are, in Hu's words, "condensations of the vital essence and energy of heaven and earth."

Hu contributes an introductory essay on the history and aesthetics of scholars' rocks, explaining the traditional terms of stone appreciation, such as shou (thin), zhou (wrinkled), lou (channels), and tou (holes). She also provides a narrative caption for each stone, describing its history and characteristics.

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""Spirit Stones: The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rock" is an example of the kind of coherence and excellence that derives from an absolutely prepossessing interaction. The synergies here are unrivaled as is the final product...
This book is consummately evocative and it bespeaks a unique strength that arises from a singular synergy. Jonathan Singer's photography, Kemin Hu's passion, and Thomas Elias' erudition combine in ways that not only strengthen one another but illuminate one another."
—Michael Collins-MacIntyre, BCI Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Magazine

Praise for Jonathan M. Singer:

"One of the world's most gifted photographers" —Milton Esterow, Publisher, ARTnews

"One of the most brilliant nature photographers of our generation" —David Seideman, Editor-in-Chief, Audubon magazine


About the Author

Jonathan Singer’s double-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica is kept in the Cullman Rare Book Room at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Dr. Singer was named a Hasselblad Laureate Award winner based on his contribution to fine art photography and to “our perception and appreciation of the botanical world.”

Thomas S. Elias, Ph.D., is chairman of the Viewing Stone Association of North America and a former director of the U.S. National Arboretum. He is the author or editor of seven books including Chrysanthemum Stones, The Story of Stone Flowers.

Kemin Hu, one of the foremost experts on scholars’ stones, has authored several books on the subject, including Modern Chinese Scholars’ Rocks, Scholars’ Rocks in Ancient China: The Suyuan Stone Catalogue, and The Spirit of Gongshi.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Abbeville Press; Slp edition (January 28, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0789211521
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0789211521
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.9 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 0.7 x 15.7 inches

Chinese Furniture, A Series of Examples From Collections in France

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Title: Chinese Furniture: A Series of Examples From Collections in France

Publisher: London: Benn Brothers, 1922

Publication Date: 1922

Binding: Hardcover

by: Herbert. Cescinsky

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00ELIXEY6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ London: Benn Brothers, 1922 (January 1, 1922)

Splendor of Style Classical Furniture from the Ming & Qing Dynasties

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232pages. Numerous color illustrations and a fold-out plate. A superb and sumptuous production. This exhibition was held from June 26th to September 5, 1999. Author: Dr. Kuang-nan Huang, Pauline Kao, Curtis Evarts, Tian Jiaqing, Lina Lin, Zhu Chengru

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  • Publication Year: 1999
  • Language:: Chinese, English
  • Publisher: National Museum of History, Beijing
  • ISBN 10 9570239298
  • ISBN 13 9789570239294
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08J8596LY

A Leisurely Pursuit: Splendid Hardwood Antiquities from the Liang Yi Collection’

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The phenomenon of antique hardwood furniture streaming into Hong Kong during the late 80’s and early 90’s will long be cherished as the ‘Golden Years’ for collecting Chinese furniture. Reduced from a trickle to intermittent drops, the source at the turn of the millennium is all but dry. Still, many treasures gathered away in private hands have yet to be seen, and with each unveiling, knowledge is increased and perspectives broadened. Such is the Liang Yi Collection, which expands into the board, untrammeled sphere beyond that narrowly associated with plain, undecorated ‘Ming-style’ furnishings. Since ancient times, Chinese artisans have drawn upon a rich palette of decorative traditions with stylistic characteristics ranging from the vigorous to the delicate, and from the severe to the ornate. It is variegated splendor that marks the Liang Yi Collection, which being primarily fashioned from two distinguished and noble hardwoods - zitan and huanghuali - also reflects unity and constraint.

This volume is a richly illustrated and well-documented catalogue featuring a private Hong Kong collection. The one hundred twenty-two catalogued objects include Ming and Qing period huanghuali and zitan furniture, as well an interesting variety of hardwood scholars objects. Three introductory essays by the author include:

- Zitan: Noble Hardwood of Abtruse Origins
- The Zhouzhi Tradition and Inlaid Hardwood Furnishings of the Late Ming and Qing Dynasties
- Elegant Empty Containers: Hardwood Brushpots

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Art Media Resources Ltd (December 1, 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 292 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9628607111
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9628607112
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.21 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.5 x 0.8 x 12 inches

The Furniture of the Ch’ing Dynasty, The Art Pieces with Utility Purposes

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Text in Chinese and English. Detailed information with photographs of carved sandlewood furniture and furnishings

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Title: The Furniture of The Ch'ing Dynasty: The Art...

Publisher: China Airlines

Binding: Hardcover

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