This volume is the long-awaited reprint of the important pioneering study on Chinese furniture by R. H. Ellsworth. Profusely illustrated, it provides a comprehensive study of classical hardwood furniture from the Ming and early Qing dynasties. It examines the historical background and gives detailed accounts on Chinese joinery, metal mounts, changes in seating surfaces, the dating of Chinese furniture, and conservation and restoration. With the author's new introduction and illustrating 155 superb examples, this volume is an indispensable reference for scholars, collectors, dealers, and readers interested in the subject.
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