Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture

Ming-Furniture-in-the-Light-of-Chinese-Architecture Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture
Ming-Furniture-in-the-Light-of-Chinese-Architecture Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1580085595
Pages: 240
An ideal commingling of exquisite and often rare materials, perfection in craftsmanship and exceptional purity of line are what place Ming design, particularly in furniture, at the zenith of Chinese art. MING FURNITURE IN THE LIGHT OF CHINESE ARCHITECTURE is the first book to show the essential kinship between Ming furniture and the buildings they were designed to be placed and used within. Sarah Handler’s special perspective sheds a luminous glow on the concepts of interior and exterior form, function, placement, and purpose and reveals the inextricably intertwined relationship of Ming furniture to Chinese architecture. Decoration, construction, and function come together into a harmonious and indivisible whole, just as the Chinese artisans envisioned. With 50 black-and-white architectural drawings and 60 full-color photos illustrating spectacular examples of Ming furniture from private and museum collections around the world. The first book to place Ming furniture design within the context of Chinese architectural intent.
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* With 50 black-and-white architectural drawings and 60 full-color photos illustrating spectacular examples of Ming furniture from private and museum collections around the world.

* The first book to place Ming furniture design within the context of Chinese architectural intent.


About the Author

SARAH HANDLER has been professor of Chinese Art History at UCLA and the University of Michigan, and curator of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture. She currently resides in Oakland, California.

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