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Bibliographie sur le Mobilier Classique Chinois
Le mobilier
la Chine classique
Titre : Ming - L'âge d'Or du Mobilier Chinois
Auteur : Collectif
Editeur : Réunion des Musées Nationaux - 2003

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« Ming - L'âge d'or du mobilier chinois » regroupe 80 meubles en bois précieux, huali et zitan, datant principalement de l'ère Wanli (1573-1620) et émanant de la collection Lu Ming Shi, la plus complète conservée hors de Chine. Chaque pièce fait l'objet d'une planche couleur assortie d'une notice technique, de manière à apprécier l'oeuvre tout en explicitant la science des assemblages. L'ensemble est précédé de trois textes rédigés par des spécialistes : Jean-Paul Desroches, conservateur en chef du patrimoine, Grace Wu Bruce, expert international en mobilier chinois et Philippe De Backer, amateur et collectionneur. Une synthèse de l'histoire du mobilier souligne la place dévolue aux ébénistes de la fin du XVIe siècle au début du XVIIe siècle, suit une étude du mobilier dans son contexte d'époque, une réflexion sur le rapport du meuble et de la nature conclut cette présentation.

Titre : Chinese Country Antiques Vernacular Furnitures and Accessories, c. 1780-1920
Auteurs : Andrea and Lynde McCormick
Editeur : Schiffer Publishing Ltd. - 2000

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A new kind of antique Chinese furniture swept onto the market in the early 1990s. It appealed to people who were sure they did not like Chinese furniture, people who were ready for new ideas about Orientalia, and people who couldn't afford the five- and six-figure prices routinely attached to classical Chinese pieces. This new variety has struck a surprisingly sympathetic chord with Western tastes, and the prices are still surprisingly low. It comes from 18th and 19th century China, the last days of the emperors, and expresses a sense of creative freedom, vigor, and visual elegance. Here are cabinets, tables, chairs, and accessories in various woods and finishes to enhance each room of your home. This book offers the first comprehensive and compelling look at Chinese country furniture from the consumer's point of view. 380 color images, some in room settings, others with great detail, bring the beautiful designs to life. A guide to pricing makes this a useful tool for collectors and dealers alike. Because of a changing political and economic landscape in China, this late-Ching furniture has flooded Western markets, giving retail customers equal footing with collectors and keeping prices reasonable, for now. Because the quality covers a wide range, it takes an informed buyer to navigate between the real and the not-quite-so-real. The information in this beautiful book will give the reader the bearings they need to make the right decisions.

Titre : Chinese Furnitures
Auteur : Craig Clunas
Editeur : Art Media Resources, Ltd. - 1997

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Titre : Classic Chinese Furnitures of the Qing Dynasty
Auteur : Tian Jiaqing
Editeur : Philip Wilson & Joint Publishing : London & Hong Kong - 1996

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Furniture made in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) falls into two categories, either that created during the period or based on the previous Ming dynasty. Qing-style furniture began to take shape during the reign of Emperor Kangxi, and demonstrated its highest achievements during the era of Emperor Qianlong (1736-95). Its special style related to the prosperity of the Kangxi-Qianlong periods and the successful integration of the minority Manchurian rulers and the majority Han people. Qing dynasty workmanship is also reflected in the intricate design of furniture and other smaller items. Qing furniture made by imperial craftsmen for Emperor Qianlong has been a collector's item for a long time, and those pieces preserved in China are classified as national cultural relics. The furniture made for the imperial collection is the main focus of this book, described in an introduction to the subject and commentaries on 120 illustrated masterpieces of the period.

Titre : Beyong the Screen : Chinese Furniture of the 16th to 17th centuries
Auteurs : Nancy Berliner, Craig Clunas, Sarah Handler and Wang Zhengshu
Editeur : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – 1996

Description :
A collection of scholarly essays that give a new look at furniture studies. The essays draw on paintings and textual sources to tell us about the people who bought and used the furniture; how the furniture was used and who made these exquisite objects. Contributors includes: Craig Clunas, Curtis Evarts, Sarah Handler, Wang Zhengshu, and Zhu Jiajin.

Titre : Friends of the House : Furniture from China's Towns and Village
Auteurs : Nancy Berliner and Sarah Handler
Editeur : Peabody Essex Museum - 1996

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Description : This accompaniment to a past Peabody Essex Museum exhibition serves both as a tour through PEM's excellent Chinese furniture collection and as an introduction to Chinese antiques for the beginning collector. Curator Nancy Berliner's personal reflections of travels through rural China accompany examples of softwood, bamboo, and root furniture. Although inspired by classical forms, artisans often followed their own creative spark and the natural forms of the materials.
Examples of softwood, bamboo, and root furniture made by the creative talents and honed skills of Chinese carpenters.The furniture illustrates the many diverse manners of sitting, leaning, and reclining.

Titre : Carpentry and Building in Late Imperial China: A Study of the Fifteenth-Century Carpenter's Manual Lu Ban Jing (2nd edition)
Auteurs : Klaas Ruitenbeek, Pan Lu
Editeur : Brill Academic Publishers

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Description : This volume deals with the world of carpenters and joiners in late Imperial China, discussing both the technical and the religious and ritual aspects of building. It uses as its point of departure a unique and hitherto unused source: the fifteenth-century carpenter's manual Lu Ban jing. The first part of the book examines building materials, the life of labourers and craftsmen, and the process of building a house. Subjects included are the choice of favourable measurements, the ritual of raising the ridge pole, and the complete, annotated translation of the Lu Ban jing, preceded by a bibliographic essay. The sections on furniture construction are especially important for the art historian. The book is finely illustrated with more than eighty original drawings and includes a facsimile of the extremely rare, richly illustrated earliest edition of the Lu Ban jing, dating from ca. 1600.

Titre : Chinese Classical Furnitures
Auteur : Grace Wu Bruce
Editeur : Oxford University Press. Images of Asia - 1995

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Description : Chinese hardwood furniture of the Ming dynasty is known the world over for its classical beauty and ingenious design. This beautifully illustrated introduction to Ming furniture opens with a short history of Chinese furniture styles; goes on to discuss the many varieties of chairs, tables, beds, cabinets, and stands included among Ming pieces; and uses woodblock prints of the time to explore how the pieces were arranged and used.

Titre : Wood Joiner's Handbook
Auteur : Sam Allen
Editeur : Schiffer Publishing Co., Inc. - 1990

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Description : A master woodworker reveals exactly how to make perfect joints: L-shaped rabbet joints, mortises and tenons, butt joints, dadoes and grooves; even decorative joints, butterflies, dovetails and inlays; plus Chinese and Japanese styles. « A vast number of useful joints for cabinetmaking, furniture making and architectural woodworking. » Woodshop News. « An excellent choice for novice or intermediate woodworkers. » Fine Woodworking.

Titre : Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture - Ming and Early Qing Dynasties
Auteurs : Shih-Hsiang Wang, Wang Shixiang, Chuan-Yu Yuan
Editeur : Art Media Ressources, Ltd. - 1990

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Description : This volume takes a more scholarly approach towards the study of Chinese furniture. The author discusses the history and details of different kinds of wood, construction, and joinery.

Titre : Classic Chinese Furnitures - Ming and Early Qing Dynasties
Auteur : Wang Shixiang
Editeur : Joint Publishing (HK) Co., Ltd. - 1986

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Description : Even though strict principles governed Chinese furniture design of the Ming and early Qing dynasties, artisans created a myriad of forms and variations within this framework. The golden age of classical Chinese furniture lasted from approximately 1520 to 1735. Wine tables, officials' low-backed armchairs, carved clothes racks placed at the end of a bed, multipaneled folding screens, incense stands and a great canopy bed with full-moon opening, carved with dragon and flower reliefs, are among the 162 pieces assembled here from public and private collections in China. What at first appears monotonous turns out to be an art of great variety and sophistication. The author, a former curator of Beijing's Palace Museum, has produced a scholarly handbook with 332 color plates. It covers construction methods, types of precious hardwoods used, stylistic variations, even the ingenious joinery techniques that have helped these pieces endure for centuries.

Titre : Mobilier Chinois
Auteur : Wang Shixiang
Editeur : Editions du Regard – 1986

Description :
« Un livre essentiel à la compréhension du Mobilier Classique Cinois.
Au-delà des reproductions magnifiques et abondantes qu'il contient, il enseigne les secrets d'une fabrication si parfaite qu'elle à pu se perpétuer jusque vers la fin du XIXe siècle, sans modification majeure. Dans cet ouvrage, Wang Shixiang, collectionneur majeur de ce mobilier, démontre comment semblable achèvement fut possible, et pourquoi les meubles de la grande époque des dynasties Ming et du commencement des Qing marquent un sommet dans l'activité artistique des ébénistes chinois.
Bien malheureusement ce livre n'a jamais été réédité depuis son édition originale en 1986 et il est très difficile maintenant, de se le procurer.  A  rechercher absolument ! »
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Titre : Chinese Domestic Furnitures
Auteur : Gustav Ecke
Editeur : Dover Publications - 1986

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