for the love of a book-this one lays out the topic-Chinese Furniture- as works of Art-and within its pages there are beautiful sculptural pieces that happen to function.
when art and function unite we find the most timeless-and Yes-beautiful Art.
The book opens up the world of Chinese decorative arts and furniture from the 16th through 18th centuries with exemplary antiques made from exotic woods,veneers and lacquer.
Marcus Flacks, author of Classical Chinese Furniture, writes "many of the pieces are exceptionally rare and many have never been reproduced in books or catalogs...pieces that surprised me for their innovation, rarity, antiquity or sometimes their sheer beauty."
The photography by Brian Morris, Prudence Cummings, Ornan Rotem,Num Stibbe, Steve Williams & Maggie Nimkin is truly exquisite. Pieces float on white paper and are featured on full pages-defining details of intricate wood grain, patina and line-while some of the decorative art pieces are set on silver metallic paper. The design of the book- by Ornan Rotem is equal to-and perhaps surpasses the photography in the book. Rich red paper with small white type announce categories in the book and small photographs of the subject appear below. The book's jacket is shown in the first photo, while the book is a deep red with raised type and raised decoration.
Fine drawings by Chinese artists like Dajing Qian enhance the book's text.
a Map of China made from tieli wood by Ai Wei Wei, 2005
In the introduction author Flacks discusses his reasons for the book-while settling on the advice of a friend and creating a book encompassing all the elements of Chinese furniture he loves-the book itself is a work of Art-something Flacks must adore.
available here at Vendome Press