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This ground-breaking book, in English and Chinese, features classical Chinese furniture in hardwoods alongside regional vernacular furniture in softwoods. Examples in both categories are drawn from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection as well as other sources. It is also the first time that furniture is placed in the context of the household, architecture and the living environment. Essays by leading scholars offers an in-depth examination and open new avenues of enquiry and scholarship creating new understanding. With an introduction by Wang Shixiang and forewords by Kenson Kwok, Tian Jiaqing and preface by Kai-Yin Lo. Detail of essays: Traditional Chinese Furniture - Sumptous Palaces to Courtyard Dwellings by Curtis Evarts; The Seventeenth Century House - the Dialectic of the Living Environment by Puay-peng Ho; Further Studies of Furniture in Alternative Woods, Reflections of Aspects of Chinese Culture by John Kwang-Ming Ang; Vernacular Dwellings and Furniture in Northern China by Chen Zengbi; The Main Hall - Nucleus of the Chinese Home by Wang Qijun.

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