China's renowned art objects, furnishings, and handicrafts have long been sought by collectors and inspired designers. Through 60 emblematically Chinese antiques and items,Things Chinese
opens up the world of Chinese culture.
The history, cultural significance and customs surrounding these exemplars of Chinese art and material culture come into dazzling focus through detailed descriptions and full-color photographs. Items covered include:
- Bamboo furniture
- Ivory carving
- Snuff bottles
- Mooncake molds
- Musical instruments
- Mahjong sets
- Fengshui compasses
brings together China scholar Ronald Knapp, who describes the history and use of these Chinese artifacts in fascinating detail, and Michael Freeman, whose work has appeared in magazines such as theSmithsonian, GEO
andConde Nast Traveler,
and here lovingly and richly photographs each item of Chinese design. For lovers of Chinese style,Things Chinese
is a treasure trove of riches.