Custodians of the Scholar's Way

Chinese Scholars' Objects in Precious Woods

Marcus Flacks

Custodians of the Scholar's Way
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Marcus Flacks

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480 pages | 370 color plates, 17 halftones, line drawings | 10 1/2 x 13 | © 2014
Paper $200.00 ISBN: 9781909631045 Published December 2014 World sales rights except India
This latest publication from Marcus Flacks examines and contextualizes more than two hundred masterpieces in wood, each of which was an element of the classical Chinese scholar’s studio. Among these objects are several rare censers, a spectacular carrying box with woven bamboo panels, a magnificent carved imperial pillow, and many other objects made for scholar and emperor alike. Conceived around five ideal models of scholars’ studios, Custodians of the Scholar’s Way is a feast for the eye and for the intellect. It is beautifully produced, lush with breathtaking full-color images of the magnificent scholars’ objects created over the span of a millennium, and includes an approachable yet erudite introductory essay by Flacks that enables both novice and expert to gain a deeper understanding of the history and delight of Chinese scholars’ objects.
1. Cultural and historical backdrop
2. A changing landscape
3. Scholar and merchant
4. Scholar and artisan
5. Collecting
6. Connoisseurship
7. The scholar’s studio
8. Scholars’ objects
Ancient Splendor
Studio of Appreciation of Antiquity
Calligraphy and painting
Emerald Green Wutong Branch
Studio of the Natural Qi
Food and drink, trays and table stands
Delicate Flowers and Wild Orchids
Studio of Ladies and Courtesans
Incense culture, games and pastimes
Emerald Depth—Dusty World
The Studio of Uncertain times
Storage and presentation
Mandates of Heaven
The Imperial Studio
1. Timbers
2. Relative size
3. Absolute size
4. Surface
5. Line and contour
6. The scholar’s studio
7. Condition
8. Supporting objects
Picture Credits
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