Straits Chinese furniture is a fusion of Chinese Qing-dynasty ornateness and early nineteenth-century English dignity and decorum. Isolated from Chinese trends as well as European fashions, it developed its own style and uses in the Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang. Unlike other artifacts, Straits Chinese furniture is still meant to be used today. Carefully restored by master craftsmen and lovingly maintained by their owners, Straits Chinese tables, cabinets and chairs take pride of place in many modern homes. In 100 stunning photographs, Straits Chinese Furniture presents the former Baba couches, tables, chairs, cupboards, writing desks and beds as they are used today.
About the Author
Dr Ho Wing Meng was educated at the University of Malaya in Singapore and Oxford University in England. He taught Philosophy at the National University of Singapore for 33 years, and was appointed Head of their Philosophy Department in 1970. He’s authored over 25 academic articles on a variety of topics ranging from Formal Logic to Political Studies. His books in the Straits Chinese Heritage series were written between seminar commitments, and administrative duties. Since his retirement in 1993, he has turned his attention to Chinese porcelain of the Ming Dynasty.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is Straits Chinese Furniture?
Chapter 2: Blackwood/Rosewood Furniture
Chapter 3: Namwood Red-and-Gold Furniture
Chapter 4: English-style Teakwood Furniture
Chapter 5: Patina and the Dating of Old Furniture