Chinese Furniture: A Guide to Collecting Antiques

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Tuttle Publishing, Nov 15, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 223 pages
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The international market for antique Chinese furniture is booming, and masterpieces from the Ming and Qing dynasties are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chinese Furniture is a survey of these collectibles—from the very best hardwood pieces featured to standard softwood specimens still available on the Asian market. The book presents an overview of carving styles, wood types, regional variations, class distinctions and restoration techniques.

With this renewed interest in antique furniture, a forgery market has emerged. Thousands of factories in southern China are churning out brand new or refurbished furniture and passing them off as antiques. Chinese Furniture unearths these forgeries and serves as an indispensable reference guide to collectors.
  

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Contents

A Renaissance
9
Evolving Styles
15
Classifying Chinese Furniture
31
Chairs
49
Stools and Benches
75
Tables and Desks
89
Cabinets and Bookshelves
121
Doors and Screens
141
Household Accessories
151
Classical Versus Vernacular
169
Regional Differences
187
To Strip or Not to Strip
205
May the Buyer Beware
215
Bibliography
222
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About the author (2006)

Karen Mazurkewich is an Asian Wall Street Journal reporter who has covered Asian culture and the retail scene for three years from her base in Hong Kong. Mazurkewich has investigated art forgery, interviewed countless collectors, grilled innovative businessmen and queried tradesmen all in a quest to better understand antiques and manufacturing in Asia.

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