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Antique Chinese Furniture – A Quick Primer

Friday, May 05, 2017

The golden age of furniture making came to an end with the decline of the Qing dynasty. This dynasty produced some of the finest examples of antique Chinese furniture. Many of the pieces from this time were innovative in nature, yet still adhered to traditional forms and designs passed down through hundreds of years. However, during the Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966-1976, a great deal of antique Chinese furniture, both classical and vernacular, was confiscated – and in many cases burned – by the government for representing the bourgeoisie class...

Pipe Dreams – The Art of Opium

Friday, July 08, 2016

Back in the late 18th century, Britain was facing a dilemma in its trade with China. While there were many Chinese commodities that the Europeans wanted, the Chinese were not interested in anything the British brought to trade – except silver. To prevent a complete depletion of their silver depositories, the British were keen on demands for alternative commodities. They fixed upon the idea of trading opium, which was grown in India and consumed by the rich and noble in China....

A Long Lineage – Ancestor Worship

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ancestor worship has been an integral part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. Altar shrines, as the place where spirits of the forefathers were believed reside, were made with exceptional care and craftsmanship. Today, they are one of the most coveted categories of Chinese antique furniture. Though the veneration of ancestors may seem like a tradition exclusive to the East, similar practices also exist among our daily lives here in the West....

Now You See It, Now You Don't – The Disappearance of Chinese Antique Furniture

Friday, May 15, 2015

During China's Cultural Revolution, thousands of antique furniture were seized and confiscated for representing the 'bourgeois.' In Tibet, most artworks were destroyed and the only ones to survive were those smuggled out of the country. When Mao's reign ended, these antiques flooded out of warehouses and were swept up by the Western market. In recent years, however, the flood has slowed to a trickle and rarity has greatly influenced the value of high quality Chinese and Tibetan antiques...

A Chair to Hang Your Hat On – Chinese Yoke Back Chairs

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

By the 12th century China had incorporated a seating tradition in all social classes. The yoke-back chair was perhaps the most well-known chair during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Designed with smooth lines and appealing curves the yoke-back chair not only influenced European furniture but continues to be appreciated by modern designers for its elegant and timeless beauty...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER