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By Ronald G. Knapp, Michael Freeman

China's well known paintings gadgets, furniture, and handicrafts have lengthy been sought via creditors and encouraged designers. via 60 emblematically chinese language antiques and goods, Things Chinese opens up the realm of chinese language culture.

The heritage, cultural value and customs surrounding those exemplars of chinese language artwork and fabric tradition come into miraculous concentration via special descriptions and full-color images. goods coated include:

  • Bamboo furniture
  • Ivory carving
  • Snuff bottles
  • Mooncake molds
  • Musical instruments
  • Mahjong sets
  • Fengshui compasses

Things Chinese brings jointly China student Ronald Knapp, who describes the background and use of those chinese language artifacts in attention-grabbing aspect, and Michael Freeman, whose paintings has seemed in magazines comparable to the Smithsonian, GEO and Conde Nast Traveler, and right here lovingly and richly images every one.

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