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Chinese Domestic Furniture In Photographs And Measured Drawings (Dover Books On Furniture)

Westerners have long admired Chinese furniture for its durability, inner strength, quiet restraint, and simple dignity. Especially attractive to the educated eye are its purity of line, devotion to detail, and flawless construction. This unabridged reprint of a rare classic provides lovers of Chinese furniture with an enlightened discussion of the accomplishments achieved by fine craftsmen over the centuries, including the aesthetic levels attained during the early Shang period (1766–1123 B. C.), the transitional phase of cabinetmaking during the Yuan Dynasty (1280–1368 A.D.), and the perfection in craftsmanship reached during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 A.D.). The text also reviews the origins and development of basic forms and methods of construction — from the selection of wood to its processing, cutting, joining, ornamentation, and final polishing.Long considered the definitive work on Chinese hardwood furniture in a Western language, this indispensable guide contains 161 superb plates that include photographs and drawings of tables, chairs, couches, cabinets, cupboards, and wardrobes. There are also measured drawings for 21 exquisitely crafted pieces for woodworkers interested in creating authentic Chinese furniture.When the first edition of this volume was published more than 40 years ago in Peking, only 200 copies were printed. Today, each of the few remaining originals is worth several thousands of dollars. Now available in a handsome and affordable reprint edition, this volume is a unique addition to the libraries of woodworkers, art lovers, and anyone interested in Chinese culture and décor.

File Size: 25406 KB

Print Length: 224 pages

Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover ed edition (July 24, 2013)

Publication Date: July 24, 2013

Language: English


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Very few books on furniture - Chinese or otherwise - do as successful a job. Not only is the history discussed and the pages well illustrated (in black and white), but timeless scholarly discourse is offered and revealing disective drawings provided. This is a must and you will see how the author has laid the foundation for more recent works on the subject since it has become vogue.

This book is worth the money. I was looking for book on Chinese furniture as a resource for woodworking. This book is a Dover reprint of a limited edition by Gustav Ecke in 1944. Inside are about 160 plates most of which are black and white pictures, though some are drawings. I believe one will get a good overview from the plates. I found the text a little less informative than the plates but pictures are what I was looking for.

This book by Gustav Ecke is the only book that I know of that surveys Chinese period furniture and inlcudes drafted scale drawings. Although first published in 1944 this fantastic book is a valuable resource for the furniture maker or historian with a keen interest in period Chinese furniture. There are better books on chinese furniture but none with scale drawings,it's a one of a kind.

gustav ecke/s book gives excellent photos of a wide range of chinese furniture. Some of the illustatrations of the joiney were not as clear as we would like, but nonetheless it is a commendable effort in bringing to the forefront the wonderful harmony, symmetry, and proportion of chinese furniture. I used this book as a reference to view some excellent examples of chinese furniture at the nelson atkins museum kansas city mo.The book lacked any details of tools and techiques. I am guessing that the reason for that is the author is an academic not a craftsman

I was amazed by the furniture in this book. The drawings illustrate a level of craftsmanship that is stunning and humbling to a western wood-worker. The joinery is something to be aspired to and was inspiring to me.

I bought a hardback copy of this book about 25 years ago in Hong Kong, and then it cost me over £50, so this is a bargain.Since then I have acquired several more books on the subject & although it is not in colour this one stands out for the selection of pieces and detailed drawings of both the joinery and items of furniture. I was previously a woodwork teacher and now import Chinese furniture to the uk, and what is not apparent when looking at a finished piece is the sophistication of the joinery and how well developed the understanding of wood structures by the Chinese craftsmen was at the time. When you have a good look at a modern piece of Chinese rosewood furniture very little has changed over the centuries, it is still dependant on good craftsmanship rather than modern furniture production techniques.Excellent book.

It's very good with great diagrams, I wish it had better pictures in color, but overall very informative. I recommend it.

Good book but it would have been nice to have more detail about the joinery and construction basics of Chinese furniture.Still it's a nice one...

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