Things Chinese: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles

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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 ...

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Overview

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
Things Chinese 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 the Smithsonian, GEO and Conde Nast Traveler, and here lovingly and richly photographs each.
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"Besides Mao gadgetry, art lovers will find plenty of inspiration from other collectibles featured in this well researched book. These range from household furnishings and religious icons to ethnic minority jewelry and opium pipes, all good stuff that illustrates aspects of China's cultural history and its people's artistic taste that is highly recognized in art markets around the world. Every item covered has a history of its own, and Knapp's approach to history is comprehensive."—The Nation

"The ever-observant and longtime China scholar Ron Knapp rewards readers with his rich insights into the meaning and histories behind objects—from bird cages to dragons—that sing of Chinese civilization's inspiring contributions to our world."—Nancy Berliner, PhD, author of Yin Yu Tang: The Architecture and Daily Life of a Chinese House and The Emperor's Private Paradise

"Ron Knapp, with his broad grasp of Chinese history and culture, provides insights and highlights of taste, style, and social and cultural developments behind the particular 'things' in this book, captured beautifully and skillfully by the lenses of Michael Freeman."—Kai-Yin Lo, designer and author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804841870
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/10/2011
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,040,844
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald G. Knapp has been carrying out research in China's countryside on cultural and historical geography since 1965. He is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation, Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past, and Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia.

Michael Freeman began a full-time photographic career in 1973. He has photographed extensively in Asia, both for magazines such as the Smithsonian, GEO and Conde Nast Traveler, and for numerous books. Among these are Japan Modern, Things Thai and Things Japanese.

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