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Straits Chinese Furniture free pdf The Straits Baba were a conservative people: for their weddings, they commissioned a whole range of furniture in auspicious red-and-gold namwood, while for day-to-day activities they favoured items in carved blackwood with mother-of-pearl or marble inlays. But they were also impressed by the tables, cupboards and writing desks brought to the Straits Settlements by the British colonizers and immediately set about commissioning similar furniture in teakwood from the highly-accomplished local cabinet-makers. Straits Chinese furniture, then, is a fusion of Chinese Qing-dynasty ornateness and early 19th-century English dignity and decorum. Isolated from Chinese trends as well as European fashions, it developed its own style and uses in the Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang. Unlike other artifacts, Straits Chinese furniture is still meant to be used today. Carefully restored by master craftsmen and lovingly maintained by their owners. Straits Chinese tables, cabinets and chairs take pride of place in many modern homes. Dr Ho Wing Meng traces the origins and characteristics of Straits Chinese furniture and gives us pointers on how to date old furniture from their ornamentation and patina. In 100 stunning photographs, "Straits Chinese Furniture" presents the former Baba couches, tables, chairs, cupboards, writing desks and beds as they are used today by their present owners.

About Meng Ho Wing

Apart from his four books on Straits Chinese cultural heritage, for which he is better known outside the academic world. Dr Ho Wing Meng has also published over 25 academic articles in various journals and books on a variety of topics ranging from Formal Logic, the Philosophy of Science, Values and Education to Social and Political Studies. Educated at the University of Malaya in Singapore and Oxford University in England. Dr Ho Wing Meng taught and lectured in Philosophy at the Natonal University of Singapore for 33 years. He was appointed Head of the Philosophy Dept in 1970 and retired as Associate Professor in 1993. His books in the Straits Chinese Heritage series were mainly written in between lecture and seminar commitments, and administrative duties. Since his retirement, Dr. Ho has turned his attention to the Chinese porcelain of the Ming Dinesty.

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Author : Meng Ho Wing
Publisher : Times Editions
Data Published : 24 November 2005
ISBN : 9812325395
EAN : 9789812325396
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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