Collector’s items of the highest aesthetic quality
While the unbowed tradition of fine carpentry craft was always held in the highest regard in China, the turn of the 20th century witnessed an enormous increase in demand for Chinese Ming dynasty furniture by European and American art connoisseurs, who recognized its value as a highly desirable collector’s item. Scientific essays, including the publication entitled ‘Chinese Domestic Furniture‘ by German art historian Gustav Ecke (1896-1971), brought Chinese furniture to the attention of a wide range of collectors and connoisseurs.
The many-facetted stylistic characteristics of early Chinese furniture remain as fascinating now as the day they first emerged. Its commonly reduced, almost sculpturally stylistic form and focus on the highest possible level of technical and aesthetic accomplishment provides numerous parallels with contemporary interiors. Today as well, Chinese furniture remains timeless, elegant and desirable.
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