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Volume 33 – Number 1

Jan 2002

 


The Canopy Bed in the Light of Chinese Architecture

Questions and Revelations from Inscribed Works of Chinese Furniture
 
Regional Chinese Furniture
 
Two Collectors: Emperor and Baronet
 
The House that Huang Yongyu Built

Testered bed with alcove
Ming period, 17th century
Huanghuali with painted softwood canopy and platform
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Chinese furniture, the focus of this issue, continues to have a wide appeal. Three specialists contribute articles discussing their findings. Sarah Handler compares the canopy bed with architecture, showing how common features can be found in both. For a better understanding of dating issues, Curtis Evarts examines style and form from a selection of inscribed furniture. In his attempt to redress the imbalance in scholarship of regional furniture, Richard Latham offers an analysis of various decorative styles. Three recent publications on Chinese furniture are reviewed by Robter Piccus. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Percival David Foundation, Rosemary Scott discusses similarities in the personalities and collecting patterns of the Qianlong emperor and Sir Percival David. Meg Maggio gives an account of her recent vicit to artist Huang Yongyu's new home 'The Hall of Ten Thousand Lotuses' near Beijing. Hwee Lie Bléhaut's review of recent auctions confirms London's strength as the international centre for Chinese art. Steven Vincent's commentary challenges hostile attitudes towards the antique trade.  

 

 
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