Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Beyond-The-Screen-Chinese-Furniture-of-the-16th-and-17th-Centuries-888x550 Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries
Beyond-The-Screen-Chinese-Furniture-of-the-16th-and-17th-Centuries-754x1024 Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries
ISBN: 978-0878464340
Pages: 158
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Chinese furniture reached a pinnacle of exceptional design and meticulous workmanship. Beyond the Screen leads the reader on a journey that encompasses not only the evolution of these exquisite furnishings, but also includes the many literary, architectural and visual contexts in which they were created. Alongside 64 superb color photographs of the furniture itself, numerous Ming woodblock prints and literary excerpts show how furniture was used in daily life--as everything from a lover's hiding place to a projectile thrown during arguments. A vital response to the West's increasing interest in traditional Chinese furniture, this beautifully produced volume is both an illustration of the aesthetic possibilities of furniture design and a fascinating look at China during the early modern period.
Reviews:L. W. Precht on Amazon Review wrote:

This is an excellent book for someone new to Chinese period furniture. I am an amateur furniture maker and my focus is generally 14th to 20th Century Anglo-American, but I was introduced to Chinese furniture at a seminar and found it quite fascinating. This was one of the books the presenter recommended. It contains several separate papers that cover a range of topics starting with the cultural context, the wood selection, tools and techniques and finally a representative selection of pieces in beautiful full color. The book was well worth getting.

MFA Publications, 1996 Catalog for an exhibition of Chinese furniture from the end of the Ming period and the dawn of the Qing.

by Wang Shixiang; Malcolm Rogers; Craig Clunas; Curtis Evarts; Sarah Handler; Wang Zhengshu; Nancy Berliner


Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Museum of Fine Arts; 1st edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 158 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0878464344
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0878464340
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.23 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9 x 0.5 x 12.25 inches


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