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The Muwen Tang Collection Series Vol. 20
346 pages, over 200 illustrations, all plates in colour, text in English and Chinese, hardcover, cloth. Hong Kong, 2010.
ISBN: 978-988-98818-6-3

by Simon Kwan

A comprehensive study on the history of Chinese lacquer from the Eastern Zhou through the Qing dynasty, with special chapters on basic lacquer techniques and the evolution of tixi lacquer. 130 important pieces of Chinese lacquer drawn the Muwen Tang collection are illustrated, including many pieces of the Song and Yuan periods never before published. All known written material on the subject of lacquer in ancient Chinese texts are reproduced in full in the Appendix.

“The excellent illustrations and readable text make this book a pleasure to read as well as a fine scholarly resources”

James Lally, New York


Sample pieces:

Carved cinnabar cabinet with figures in landscape design
Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Black lacquer hexagonal box and cover with inlaid mother-of-pearl of figures in landscape
Early Ming Dynasty (c. early 15th Century)

Carved cinnabar lacquer gourd-shaped ewer with floral design
Mid Ming Dynasty (c. late 15th-early 16th Century)

Cinnabar lacquer chrysanthemum-shaped dish
Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
Carved cinnabar lacquer ingot-shaped dish with scholarly gathering design
Ming Dynasty, Yongle or Xuande period (c. Early 14th Century)

Carved cinnabar lacquer dish with hibiscus and birds design
Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Polychrome painted lacquer armchair with flower and bird design
Qing Dynasty, Kangxi or Yongzheng period
Carved cinnabar lacquer cinquelobed box and cover with figures in landscape design
Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

HK$980 plus shipping & handling.

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