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Traditional Furniture

Ancient Chinese furniture has a nice reputation in modern China and the West alike, since ancient furniture features profound cultural facts and superb craftsmanship. Chinese furniture includes Chinese antique furniture and Chinese classic furniture, usually, the former is made in softwood and the later is made in hardwood. It was from this basis that more modern Chinese furniture developed its distinguishing characteristics. Use of thick lacquer finish and detailed engravings and paintings as well as pragmatic design elements would continue to flourish. Chinese furniture, mostly made of precious wood, of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties are widely recognized as the best. Now, Furniture-making centers were formed in Beijing, Shanxi, Guangzhou and Suzhou.
Ming furniture: Considered the pinnacle of Chinese furniture, Ming furniture made use of precious wood while emphasizing comfort, simplicity and excellence in craft. Most Ming furniture dates to the latter part of the Ming Dynasty when the style changed to favor luxury and novelty. Ming furniture is simple with sparse lines and little decoration. It usually features fine and durable precious woods, such as Mahogany, sandalwood and rose wood etc.
Qing Furniture: During the early Qing Dynasty the Ming style remained dominant, but later a heavily Western influenced style evolved. Qing furniture is characterized by extensive use of inlays in precious materials such as ivory, gemstones and bone rather than the carvings of previous work... Colour painting and gilding also became highly popular. These practices represented the fashion of displaying wealth in an ostentatious manner that had emerged in China at the time.

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