Simplicity and Splendour: Chinese Furniture from the Ming Dynasty to Early Republican Period
Encompassing more than 3000 years’ worth of literary and pictorial evidence, Chinese furniture art has enjoyed a long-standing history and tradition. With the advancement in both ways of living and craftsmanship, Chinese furniture attained its peak during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Ming furniture is well-known for their moderate proportions, elegant but simple style and delicate workmanship. The natural grains and colors of the wood material are emphasized in the choice of material. Qing furniture shed Ming’s minimalism and favoured larger size, with more ornate pieces in a sturdy and grandiose style. Precious materials were also used to add luxurious and colourful details. Featuring 30 pieces of Suzhou style, Beijing style and Canton style furniture from the Ming Dynasty to early Republican period, this exhibition aims to show visitors the fascinating Chinese furniture art made with exquisite craftsmanship.