Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture


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"Sarah Handler has written a true cultural history of Chinese furniture. Her book is a highly erudite blend of art history and social history, yet with a structure as transparent and elegant as that of a fine piece of Ming-style furniture."--Klaas Ruitenbeek, Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Far Eastern Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and author of "Carpentry and Building in Late Imperial China: A Study of the Fifteenth-Century Carpenter's Manual" Lu Ban jing

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Apr 3, 2007

Wide Scope Wonderful work

The book is a wonderful introduction to the whole subject of Chinese furniture, history, and art.
The information is very easy to understand and transfers the shapes, scope and use of the furniture through very lively prose and engaging imaginative descriptions, bringing the reader along through the dynastic periods with the author.
Since reading this book, I have become a collector of Chinese antiques and its been a very rewarding experience with so much to learn, Ms. Handler certainly can guide the way.

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