Introduction to Ming & Qing Carved Furniture / 明清木雕家具介绍

The art of classical Chinese furniture making reached its zenith during Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, which were also ages of great expansion and prosperity in Chinese history. Ming and Qing furniture is renowned for its use of rare hardwoods and superb craftsmanship. Ming furniture is treasured for its comfortable design, simplicity and elegance, while Qing furniture impresses people with its grandeur and pageantry.

明朝(1368-1644)和清朝(1644-1911)是中国历史上领土扩张,经济繁荣的伟大年代,中国传统家具制造工艺也在明朝和清朝初期达到了顶峰。明清家具以做工精湛取材昂贵稀少的红木而名闻天下。明朝家具和清朝家具风格略有不同,明朝家具舒适、简单、优雅的设计风格历来为人所称颂,清朝家具留给世人的则是华丽庄严的正统形象。

Material – Hardwood vs. South Elm
选材 – 红木抑或南榆木?

Sandalwood, rosewood, and blackwood are all considered the best hardwoods, with sandalwood being the rarest. The choicest hardwoods are mainly distributed in Southeast Asia. They are too rare and expensive to be affordable to common people because of their extremely long period of maturing. Craftsmen in Ming Dynasty only used them to make furniture for officials and the royal family. Furniture made of other alternatives was used by common people. Even today, export of furniture made of these kinds of hardwoods is prohibited in China.

檀木,黄花梨和红木被认为是最好的硬木材料,其中檀木最为珍稀。上等的硬木主要分布在东南亚。由于成熟期极端漫长,这些硬木在市场上十分稀缺,而且价格昂贵,远非普通人所能消费的起。明朝的匠师采用珍贵硬木制造的家具也仅供达官贵族和皇家使用,普通老百姓则采用其他替代木材制作家具。即使今日,诸如此类木材制作的家具也是禁止出口的。

Of all the rare hardwood alternatives, south elm is the most ideal because of its relatively large supply and superior quality. It has a homogeneous texture, smooth tone, fine grain, and good hardness. It has been commonly used in folk Ming and Qing classical furniture.

南榆木品质优异且供应量较大,是最理想的珍稀硬木替代木材。南榆木木质均匀,色调平滑,纹理细腻,硬度优良,在传统民间明清家具制作中应用广泛。

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Workmanship
做工

CTC classical Ming and Qing furniture is made of quality south elm. Each piece is carefully made bit by bit by hands of skilled craftsmen, following complicated traditional procedures such as cutting, drying, air drying, picking, carving, tenoning, assembling, rubbing, priming, polishing, painting, and drying. Because of its solid structure, pretty carving, and fine polishing, it can serve as both decoration and daily use.

CTC 经典明清家具采用上等南榆木制作。每件家具都经过技艺精湛的木匠师 傅遵循正宗复杂的传统工艺,一点一点亲手雕刻打磨而成,整套工艺由十几 道工序组成,比如木材切割,烘干,晾晒,选材,制榫,组装,打磨,底漆,上光,上漆,干燥等。CTC 家具结构牢靠,制作精美,雕刻细致,表面打磨光亮细腻,不仅可以作为普通家具使用,更可以用作精美的装饰品。

Color Options
颜色种类

Now in stock in yellow rosewood and red sandalwood colors. Pre-order available for all colors, please feel free to contact us for more details.

现货提供花梨色和红木色。所有颜色都可以预定,具体细节敬请联系我们。

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