Cultural China Series: Chinese Furniture Exploring China's Furniture Culture

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Chinese Furniture is aoutstanding representative of the Chinese arts.It has the bright feature of oriental arts and is honored as a pearl ioriental arts.As for the uniquefeature of Chinese furniture, some say it capletely give full play to the inbornature of wood and display the beauty of the texture of wood.Some say it has perfect artistic shape.Its lines are delicate,easy and smooth and its structure reasonable and elegant.Some say its producing technique is superb,tenoand mortise precise and decorations elegant.Some say it has long historical grace,elegant artistic style and colorful charm.

About Author

Zhang Xiaoming Born in Weifang, Shandong province in 1971, Zhang is now the associate professor of the Art School of Shandong University of Technology. In 2000, she gained Master's Degree of Literature from Beijing Normal University. In 2005, she won Doctor's Degree of Chinese Literature from Shandong University. She began to work at the mobile station for post-doctorial students at the History and Culture School of Shandong University in 2006. She is mainly engaged in the research of history and culture. She has published many essays on the national academic periodicals and one academic book.

Table of Contents
Long History
Bronze and Lacquered Wooden Furniture in the Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties
Dwarf Furniture Centered with Bed in the Qin and Han Dynasties
New Lifestyles Initiated by Cultural Exchange in the Wei, Jin & Northern and Southern Dynasties
Transition Stage of Furniture of Different Heights during the Sui and Tang Dynasties as Well as the Five Dynasties
High Furniture Centered with Table, Chair and Stoolin the Song and Yuan Dynasties
Ming—style Furniture of Hardwood—Classical Furniture during the Ming Dynasty
Qing—style Furniture—a Classic from the Qing Dynasty
Lingering Charm of Wood Texture
Hardwood is Valuable
Rare and Magnificent Hardwood
Plain and Practical Softwood
Other Materials for Furniture
Smart Structure and Precise Shape
Tenon—and—mortise Work—the Core Technique of the Chinese Furniture
Overall Furniture Structure Originating from Traditional Architecture
Furniture Forming Components Originating from Traditional Architecture
Reasonable Dimension and Elegant Patterns
Exquisite Design: Decoration
Most Common Decoration Method—Hot Wax Setting
Lacquer Decorations with Complete Techniques
Most Common Decoration Method—engraving with Special Care
Popular Decoration of Structural Components
Varieties of Moldings
Exquisite and Glittering Metal Components
Chairs and Stools
Cabinet—type Furniture
Boxlike Furniture
Rack Furniture
Root Furniture
Profound Significance: Culture
Regional Furniture with Diversified Styles Ming—style Furniture Designed by Scholars
Theory That "Man Is an Integral Part of Nature" Embodied in Furniture
Ritual System Embodied in the Traditional Furniture
Subjects of Decoration Symbolizing Good Luck
Making a "Home" for the Furniture—Indoor Layout of Chinese Furniture
Chinese Furniture in Western Countries
Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties
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Sample pages of Cultural China Series: Chinese Furniture Exploring China's Furniture Culture (ISBN:9787508533834)

Sample pages of Cultural China Series: Chinese Furniture Exploring China's Furniture Culture (ISBN:9787508533834)

For instance, the middle of the top rail of a chair is slightly protruding, downward on both sides, and slightly outstanding at the ends.From another direction, after the top rail passes through the bends slightly towards the rear part and outside.In this way, a natural and fluent curve takes shape in a three—dimensional space.This shape is startling similar with the profile of a building roof.There are some decorations in the shape of heap of clouds, dragon heads, or animals at the ends of the top rail of shelf—type furniture, that are obviously similar to the decorations used on building ridges, with only different images adopted.What's more, these decorations and the shape of the top rail have no structural function.
The bracket is a weight—bearing piece at the intersection between a beam and a column in traditional Chinese buildings.It is used for fastening and load bearing.Various aprons used in Chinese furniture use types of brackets.An apron is located at the intersection between bail and standing wood at, for example,the angle of intersection between a table—top and the four legs,or between the hind legs and the back of a chair or between the hand rail and front leg of a chair.
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