Chinese Furniture is an outstanding representative of the Chinese arts. It has the bright feature of oriental arts and is honored as a pearl in oriental arts. As for the unique feature of Chinese furniture, some say it can completely give full play to the inborn nature of wood and display the beauty of the texture of wood. Some say it has perfect artistic shape. Its lines are delicate, easy and smooth and its structure reasonable and elegant. Some say its producing technique is superb, tenon and mortise precise and decorations elegant. Some say it has long historical grace, elegant artistic style and colorful charm.
Step into the magnificent Imperial Palace in Beijing and feast your eyes on the throne and screen with dragon and phoenix designs. Walk into the Qiao Family Grand Courtyard in Shanxi and caress the rough and simple tables and chairs. Wander around Wu Town, a small town along the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in Zhejiang, and find king-size antique beds with intricately carved patterns. Stroll through the classical gardens of Suzhou dotted with exquisite furniture. In all these places you might wonder how the ingenious and delicate furniture was designed, created, painted, decorated, maintained and left in its current state.You also might wonder who was the proud owner of these pieces. Was it an emperor with great talent and bold vision？ Was it a patriotic and unlucky literati, a rich merchant, or a simple ordinary person？ You might wonder what kind of life the owner lived and experiences he went through.Or maybe you are not conscious of anything but prefer to simply indulge in the details of the furniture of their color,luster, feel, surface, body, leg and foot, shape, outline, line and framework.
Title: Chinese Furniture: Exploring China's ...
Publisher: China Intercontinental Press
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Trade paperback