It is treated the most valuable wood, and its texture is the finest of all and the heaviest in weight (35kg per cubic meter), Purple black in color mostly, the grain does not manifest.
Yellow rose wood:
Colors range from light yellow to dark red, the texture is hard with beautiful grains that are arranged in inverted V shapes. When sawn, it sends out fragrance, another type is known as old rose wood with stagnant grains, it does not have pleasant fragrance.
Chicken wing wood:
There are two kinds, new and old. The old one features tight and dark purple brown color interwoven in between; the new one is tough in texture, with alternative purple and black colors and blurred grains.
It is also known as native olive, the wood is similar to chicken wing wood in color and grain. The texture is rough, with variant grains and marked brown eyes, but hard and lasting. The core part is dark red in color, with fine grains.
It is also called ¡°Zi Yu¡± or ¡°Suan Zhi¡± in Guangdong. Red wood is also divided into new and old. Old red wood is similar to red sandalwood, but looks darker in color hues. Its texture is not very tight, but it has fragrance. New red wood features reddish yellow with similar motifs to yellow rose wood sometimes.
It is valuable furniture wood produced in India, Thailand, Guangdong and Hainan tropical area of China, its texture is hard and fine with deep black like lacquer in color; There are two kinds: one sinks in the water, the other doesn’t sink in the water. It is a fine hard wood.
It is also called ¡°Zi Nan¡±, a kind of evergreen arbor produced in the western and southern area of Changjiang River with gray bark and vertical crack. It is tight in structure with beautiful grain, fragrant smell and purple color. No crack when dry, little retroactivity, but the wood is little soft, used for mosaic and joint material very often.
It is also called ¡°Xiang Mu¡± produced in the south area of the Changjiang river, the texture is hard with beautiful grain .The core part is red brown or light yellow in color with camphor’s smell. It can be made for chest, cabinet, especially good for painting box, because it is not only against worm-eaten, but also water-tolerant material.
The wood is hard, with good colors and large grain arranged like mountain peaks rising one above the other. Suzhou carpenters call them “pagoda motifs”.
It means all kinds of wood with whirlpool grains, not special wood type; twisted roots, gnarled branches and abnormal trunk form it. Watched from side, it looks like grapes or whirlpools in the big river: interesting, vivid and beautiful, it is fine in texture and hard in weight.
It is also called ¡°Bai Yu¡± produced in China flatlands, with straight lines and rough structure.
It is a little light in weight with soft and rough in the texture, the grain is clear, making it dry is difficult, but not easy to be out of shape when damp. Big shrinkage and corrosion resistant.
It is white with brown tone, the parts colors range from light white to brown red, the texture is rough with straight line.
It is white or light yellow in color, with plain and straight lines. It is fine in texture, corrosion resistant and easy to process.
It is hard in texture and heavy in weight with clear and beautiful grain, and produced in the southwestern Asia area. It is not easy to be out of shape, and it has little shrinkage when dry, mostly used in technical decoration, carving parts.
It is also called ¡°Bauhaus¡±, soft and fine in texture and beautiful in grain but fragile, yellowish white in color; Clear annual growth rings, big strength, good elasticity and hygroscopic. It is easy to be cracked and warped if careless in the process of making dry.
The mid-century modern design has returned, more popular than ever. Neat and clutter-free, it is a perfect style for an apartment or condominium lifestyle. Due to the fact that this trend is a simple, pleasing look that needs only handful of pieces of furniture to put together, it also might be the kindest on your pocketbook. A lot of the pieces that you’ll require can still be found at reasonable prices in consignment stores, thrift stores and at garage sales. Buying a good quality reproduction is an idea for one or two of your larger sized pieces. They will be instantly recognizable and set the tone. Regardless of if you can recall thew 1950’s or not, mid-century modern can very well become your distinctive style.
Selecting the furnishings comes first. Search for a solid-color couch that incorporates style elements typical in contemporary sofas of the 1950s. Look for one with a close-fitting fabric covering, flat or button-tufted. It should have smooth rectangular arms or, ideally, no arms at all. You should avoid traditional rounded or upholstered arms, and there shouldn’t be any sort of a skirt hanging down. Look for metal or wooden legs that happen to be rather simple, with strong lines and no decoration. Then look for genuine mid-century modern lounge tables. For identifiable mid-century flavor, opt for the well-known “step” style for occasional tables and bookcases and an amorphous shape for a coffee table
Seating from that period looked sculptural and was built to conform to the body. Egg chairs and the Eames Lounge chair are popular examples of this style. Decide whether you want leather or solid-colored woven materials. While the leg shapes don’t need to duplicate those of the sofa, try to go with all metal or all wood legs for a more unified look in your room.
Decorate the sofa with accent pillows in geometric outlines — triangular, square, or round. Choose solids that match and draw together colors from the upholstery fabric as well as any other textiles within the room. Arrange the pillows asymmetrically on the sofa without any formal arrangement. Do not arrange afghans on the furniture. Keep it uncluttered. Area rugs were seldom used in mid-century modern residences, even on hard-surface bare flooring. If you choose to use one, make it simple. Select a natural material rug or a flat-woven wool rug in a simple solid shade or an uncomplicated modernistic design using a restricted palette of colors.
Decorate with only a handful of lamps to develop a block of light. Choose lamps that are striking, both in size and in their sculptural form. They should be simple in shape but large, with plain drum-shaped shades. Accessorize a fireplace mantle or other large surface with one or two large items instead of a number of littler ones. Make use of a single oversized vase or sculpture or just a pair of modern candlesticks. In most cases, there was no artwork hung above the fireplace. Select abstract art in sleek simple frames for your space.
Always keep additional accessories to a minimum. A single decorative tray in a strong color (or one of the substantial sculptured ashtrays so well liked during this period of time) may be all that is necessary to dress up a coffee table. Use floral designs very cautiously, and then only those with a simple Asian pattern. One single personal photograph on an end table will make a more sophisticated look than a collection. The surface area of basically any table should always make its mistake towards bareness rather than embellishment.[Top]
|China’s rich and complex history has provided inspiration for a vast array of decorative motifs. From the ornate red and gold palette traditionally associated with Chinese style to the serene Orientalism favoured on the international scene today, designers the world over are coming up with varied interpretations of centuries-old ideas. And no more so than in the East: a new breed of globally aware China-based designers is proving the driving force behind the development of the genre. Whereas once they looked Westwards, they are now turning their attention closer to home and drawing on their creative roots to produce a new vocabulary of design that is exciting, innovative and energetic – and draws heavily on Chinese style.|
|Here we feature a visual array of Chinese furniture of Ming and Qing dynasty and decorative ideas, from highly collectable antiques to modern minimal interpretations of Chinese style. Materials are diverse, but tend to favour the natural. It’s a veritable cornucopia of ideas: table, bed, chair, and so on.|
|Chinese Antique Furnitures & Miscellaneous Items Decoration Tips|
Less is more when accessorizing a minimalist Oriental dcor. Ruminate on the grace and beauty of each piece. Carefully select them for elegant, dramatic, even artistic impact. Stand larger pieces alone so they make their own statement. Group together smaller pieces, like Chinese lacquered, miniature furniture.
Some special items include Chinese bamboo wedding baskets, 18th-century chinoiserie, fan-shaped lacquered stacking boxes. Mirrors with ornately carved frames that hail from Burma or Bali and look almost Indian, are a fusion of colonial and native styles.
Don’t forget a sculpture or two, uplit for extra effect, such as a Lahu hill-tribe musical instrument, essentially a primitive harp. Choose also a cho-fa roof ornament on a pedestal or a Chinese netsuke, a carved belt toggle used to secure pouches through the sash of the kimono.
On walls, hang framed hand-made paper or, for higher style, the striking black brushstrokes of Chinese calligraphy. For drama, place an antique Chinese kimono or embroidered Chinese shawl.
Enhance a calm aura by displaying a statue of Buddha, a vase with a lone plum or cherry blossom branch, a bonsai tree. Use Chinese “scholar” rocks ¨C a flat circular basket filled with pebbles, medium-sized rocks and one large rock.
Achieve balanced energy and promote good fortune with such feng shui artifacts. Try a pair of carved-wood mandarin ducks to enhance marriage prospects, fish for prosperity, and a small water fountain for luck.
|We asked co-owner Nora Rottier how they get all that great stuff. ¡°We import directly,¡± she tells us. ¡°We spend quite a bit of time in rural China, Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand. We’ve gotten to know lots of people and we’re always able to find out who wants to sell things. We develop good relationships; that’s important in Asia.¡±Direct importing is a conscious philosophy for Artique. ¡°We don’t buy at shows in Hong Kong, LA or Chicago, or even in the urban Asian markets,¡± Rottier comments. ¡°We take the time to work directly with people in their villages and homes so that we can purchase unique, high-quality items. Sometimes we’re amazed at what we come across-once in a while we’ll find a piece you’d only expect to see in a museum. Customers often comment on our unique selection and good prices; that’s the beauty of doing things this way.¡±
Direct importing also results in an assurance of authenticity; they always buy pieces in the original condition with the original hardware¨Cthey won’t consider anything that’s been worked on or restored. When pieces need cleaning or repair, the pair contracts with local craftspeople who are familiar with the techniques and materials before shipping to their Minneapolis or San Jose stores.
¡°Our wedding cabinets are especially popular,¡± Rottier notes. ¡°They’re hand painted or carved wood, and they’re quite dramatic and full of interesting hardware. Customers like them because they’re unusual but incredibly functional; they’ll often put TVs or stereos in them.
|Some customers furnish their entire homes in Asian antiques; others add just one piece to add to otherwise Western-style rooms. Occasionally, store staff will go to clients’ homes to help them make smart selections. Rottier has noticed that people now consider it ¡®good design’ to have some kind of Asian piece in a home. She alerts her mailing list when new shipments arrive.Artique Galleria is located at 1607 Hennepin Avenue, across from the Basilica. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5 or by appointment; phone: 612-370-1332. View their online catalog at artiquegalleria.com.
We love antique stores run by people with a passion for their merchandise, retailers who can tell you everything, for example, about that table you’ve got your eye on: where it came from, who might have used it, the style, the period. They’ll remember it a year later when you call, frantic about a water stain. Don’t worry¨Cthey know what to do. They may even come out to your home to help you.
That’s how C.W. Smith is. The Asian antique import store in St. Louis Park is a family business owned by Wade and Carol Smith and daughter, Vanessa. They’ve created a warm, inviting, even peaceful environment within their storefront space, and their dedication to helping customers find and enjoy beautiful things is refreshing.
Many of C.W. Smith’s antique furniture pieces are hewn of incredibly large, thick pieces of wood you just don’t see anymore. We especially loved the functional beauty of the British, Dutch and Portuguese Colonial furniture and the exquisite Chinese cabinets and Thai laquerware we recently saw there.
It’s the place to go if you’re a collector; the shop has some very impressive artifacts: one visit turned up artifacts from the Han dynasty (221 BC-220 AD), the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and Chinese furniture from the late16th century. There are also more ¡°recent¡± Asian antiques¨Cfurniture and accessories of all kinds from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in many price ranges.
The Smiths are direct importers, frequently travelling to Asia. ¡°You really have to go and enmesh yourself in an environment if you want to discover beautiful objects. It takes time but that’s the joy of it,¡± Vanessa says.
C. W. Smith: 4424 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park. 952-922-8542. Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4 or by appointment.
Fleming * Karst
The Fleming * Karst name comes from the two principals, Barb Fleming and Patt Karst, neighbors with a shared love of old and unique Asian furniture and accent
¡°The uses are many and varied,¡± adds Patt Karst. Patt Karst, a professional interior designer, believes that home interiors are ¡°most interesting when they reflect the cultural variety we find all around us. A 19th century Chinese altar table in an entryway, for example, is a fascinating introduction to a home that promises guests an international flavor throughout the rest of the interior.¡±
Does this mean we should dedicate our entire house to 19th century Asia? Not really, say the two women. The antique Asian pieces are intended as ¡°accent¡± furniture. As such, they create a focus of international interest within any decorating theme from Victorian to Contemporary. Barb Fleming, who developed her appreciation of antique furniture while living in Great Britain, has been working with antique Asian pieces for the past 5 years. Patt Karst, who has also traveled in China, joined Barb Fleming about 6 months ago and the two now oversee what must be the largest antique Asian furniture store the Twin Cities area.
The new 2,500 sq. ft. store in Lowertown offers decorators and home owners a chance to see a personally selected shipment ¡ª from ornate and high color chests and armoires to ¡°half moon¡± tables, traveling chests, screens, wash stands and canopy beds. Several pieces are well suited to present generation use such as the armoires and cabinets which have been modified to house TV sets, hold entertainment centers and internally arranged for other storage duties.
The notion that each piece is personally selected comes about through the help of an Asian associate who evaluates the pieces for authenticity and general condition. Then the staff at Fleming * Karst reviews each potential piece. Often that review entails a trip to the Orient. Carefully selected furniture items now available include Asian furniture and specialty items in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and wood finishes.Fleming * Karst also offers a fine selection of accessories that are ideal for gifts and special occasions.
The Mysterious Beauty of Black Lacquer The new Fleming * Karst store is located at 180 E. Fifth St., Suite 180 in Lowertown, Downtown St. Paul. The exterior entrance is on Jackson St. between 4th and 5th. Store hours are M-F: 10-8, Sat: 10-6 and Sun: 11-5. Phone number is 651-292-9900.
Mysterious beauty of black lacquer – antique Chinese black lacquer furniture .
Black lacquer has fascinated the Chinese since antiquity. Having the yin characteristics of dark and mysterious, black belongs to the Five Colors and is directly associated with Water, one of the Five Elements. People have always considered it sophisticated and stylish, and have appreciated the high levels of craftsmanship involved in its manufacture.
Practically speaking, raw lacquer, which is tapped from the lacquer tree (Rhus Verniciflua), typically has a dark reddish-brown to black tone. With further processing, a transparent lacquer can be produced; more common was pigmentation with iron oxide to achieve tonalities reaching jet black. Thin successive applications of lacquer form a rich, deep-toned coating that is highly resilient and impervious to water. Inlaid or painted decoration was also easily added to its surface. The finely crackled surfaces and richly mellowed tones of such finishes have been a subject of connoisseurship for centuries. Now, black lacquer furniture is “the next big thing” in antique-collecting and interior design. It has a modern, stylish look, a clean finish and a strong silhouette, so it blends perfectly with modern interiors. Also, if a collector wants to start a collection today, there are still some excellent pieces available, and they will only appreciate in value.
Techniques commonly used in black lacquer antique chinese furniture include daqi, referring to the thick finishes applied over a lacquer paste undercoating; tuiqi, a thinner finish applied directly to the surface of the wood, and miaojin (lit. “traced in gold”), involving the application of colored lacquers with gold highlights to depict painterly scenes against an opaque – often black lacquer background.
The following pieces exhibit all of these techniques, displaying the mysterious beauty of black lacquer