Synopses & Reviews
Considered an important part of interior decoration, a skillfully executed Chinese floral arrangement is equivalent--in the eyes of serious practitioners--to a painting that has been well-designed and balanced in its composition. This book describes that floral art and provides practical suggestions for applying traditional methods in a modern setting. The author focuses on selecting flowers for their nobility, charm, and distinct beauty, while illustrations depict a variety of floral compositions--from a simple display of two artistically arranged twigs to baskets of flowers representing the four seasons. Over 40 handsome illustrations--spanning centuries of Chinese paintings, woodblock prints, porcelains and tapestries--provide exquisite designs from the past. Home decorators, gardeners, florists, and lovers of Oriental art will find this a delightful introduction to flowers and Chinese floral arrangements. Unabridged republication of the edition published by D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, 1956. 42 illus.
Lavishly illustrated history of Chinese floral art provides practical suggestions for applying traditional methods to modern settings. Features include: selecting flowers for symbolic qualities and beauty, complementing an arrangement with an appropriate vase and accessories, plus 42 illustrations that span centuries of Chinese paintings, prints, tapestries, porcelains.