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Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. Enclosed in strong wrap around decorative slipcase. Exposed hand sewn thread to actual book. Weight 4.50kg - size, 16.5 X 12.5 inches. Due to weight, postage will be more than price guide. Contact seller.
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Book Description Abbeville Press, U.S.A., 2011. Soft cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Abbeville published this 'New' condition soft cover book in 2011 as a wonderful celebration of Chinese art, presenting 105 paintings in exquisite detail. The book is enclosed in a very strong and still unopened cardboard box, so we have not seen the covers as we are selling this book in the publisher's undisturbed shrink-wrapping. We are assuming that the book covers are soft and not hard. The pictures are arranged in chronological order and accompanied by narrative captions that explain their origins and cultural context. They run from the Eastern Jin dynasty (AD 317 to 420) to the end of the 19th century. Many of these treasured works are housed in museums such as the Palace Museum in Beijing, whose director, Zheng Xinmiao, is chief editor of this book. Some are brightly coloured and crisply delineated Buddhist frescoes. Others are muted yet evocative landscapes by the literati painters, who were preoccupied with the notion of renouncing the world and saw painting as a source of spiritual sustenance. Quite different is the work of the court painters, who thrived after the foundation of the Imperial Painting Academy in the Song dynasty. Their paintings are elaborate and detailed, depicting nature, figures, or landscapes washed in emerald and gold. Others are the work of folk artisans, who experimented with new styles and techniques, inspiring later painters. Each spread is devoted to a single painting. On the verso the work is reproduced in full, with a narrative caption that describes its style, iconography, and historical context. The Nymph of the Luo River, for example, is a visual translation of a poem by Cao Zhi, the son of Cao Cao, chanceller of Wei during the era of the Three Kingdoms. On the recto is a gorgeously printed full-page detail that gives the reader a thorough appreciation of the work. These artistic treasures are complemented by the book's beautiful design. Printed on a premium paper whose subtle texture recalls the feel of silk, it is crafted in the traditional Chinese manner, with folded leaves and an exposed hand-sewn thread binding. Its soft covers are protected by an elegant wraparound case stamped in gold. A historical introduction skilfully traces the development of the three major genres of Chinese painting - figurative, landscape, and bird-and-flower - through each successive dynasty. Details: 105 paintings reproduced in full including 5 four-page fold-outs. Printed on premium silk-like paper with folded sheets. Traditional Chinese design including hand-sewn thread binding. Narrative captions describing style and historical context. Presented in a decorative wraparound slip case in 'New' condition. 280 pages. Book size in inches is 16.6 x 12.6 and the book in its original Abbeville box weighs 4.50 kg. As with all our sales of books within the UK, we only ever charge a flat standard delivery cost of £3.35. Please note that overseas buyers will be asked to pay for the extra and - we are sorry to say - substantial delivery costs. Seller Inventory # 001392
Book Description Abbeville Pr, 2011. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 280 pages. 19.50x14.20x2.10 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0789211076