Classical Chinese Carpets I: Lion-dogs Hundred Antiques
By Michael Franses
This work represent a major contribution to the study of two early designs in Chinese rugs. The volume opens with a preface by Hans König, a leading authority on Chinese carpets. Two essays by prominent scholars provide the historical background for the symbols: Hwee Lie Thè traces the lion-dog throughout the ages; Gary Dickinson investigates the use of the ‘hundred antiques’ design. Three further essays have been written by Michael Franses: A brief introduction to classical Chinese carpets; The lion-dog carpets; and The ‘hundred antiques’ carpets. Large-format, high-quality colour reproductions illustrate twenty-five of the finest and most beautiful Chinese carpets with lion-dog and ‘hundred antiques’ designs from both museum and private collections.