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Chinese Ming and Qing Furniture Gallery
Classical Chinese furniture has a long history of development and reached its climax during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Although furniture between the Ming and the Qing differed apparently in style, both of them are artistically successful. In this 700 square meters gallery, you will feel like walking in a traditional Chinese house with a garden behind grilled windows. Among more than 100 pieces of furniture, there are the Ming furniture that were simply in style but elegantly prepared or tightly formed by tenon- mortise technique and the Qing furniture that were imposingly produced and elaborately decorated. In addition, there is an exhibition of a study room and a drawing room, giving a vivid presentation of utilization.

 
 
Ming furniture
Chinese furniture was highly developed during the Ming dynasty. Ming furniture was characterized by varieties of style and distinctive craftsmanship. It shows succinct outline, smooth lines, pleasant proportions and a tight mortise and tenon structure. Great emphasis was placed on the use of natural beauty of wood grain together with adopting latticework and openwork carving. Ming furniture has been well known for its romantic charm, elegant style and unadorned structure.
Qing Furniture
Furniture of the early Qing dynasty adopted the Ming tradition, simple and unadorned in structure. From the Yongzheng through Qianlong to Jiaqing reigns, various kinds of wood and techniques were utilized to process furniture. Furniture tended to be large in size and fully decorated. Their luxurious style was used to display wealth and stratification. The late Qing dynasty witnessed gradual decline of classical Chinese furniture.
 
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