A Leisurely Pursuit: Splendid Hardwood Antiquities from the Liang Yi Collection
The phenomenon of antique hardwood furniture streaming into Hong Kong during the late 80's and early 90% will long be cherished as the "Golden Years" for collecting Chinese furniture. Reduced from a trickle to intermittent drops, the source at the turn of the millennium is all but dry. Still, many treasures gathered away in private hands have yet to be seen, and with each unveiling, knowledge is increased and perspectives broadened. Such is the Liang Yi Collection, which expands into the board, untrammeled sphere beyond that narrowly associated with plain, undecorated "Ming-style" furnishings.
This volume is a richly illustrated and well-documented catalogue featuring a private Hong Kong collection. The one hundred twenty-two catalogued objects include Ming and Qing period huanghuali and zitan furniture, as well an interesting variety of hardwood scholars objects.