Ming Dynasty Style Furniture
|Ming Dynasty desk and chairs displayed in the Summer Palace|
|Pear wood dressing table of the Ming Dynasty|
The Ming Dynasty Style Furniture is also well known for its exquisite shapes. The S-shaped chair back is unique in appearance. at the same time fit to the physiological nature of humans. The different combinations of lines and planes at various proportions can produce different artistic flavor.
The decorations are mainly engraved lines and small areas of circular carving and embossment. There may. however. also be wood. ivory and diamond inlays in the patterns of landscapes. flowers and birds or small bronze and silver ornamentation. The refined ornamentation in small areas forms a sharp contrast with the furniture`s overall clean and simple appearance. The line of the edges of the piece is shaped in different lengths and widths depending on the grain of the timber to create a true. harmonious effect. so that the piece looks natural and balanced. Generally. carvings are only conducted in a small area. which can attract more attention to its delicate decoration.