Joint Publishing 三联出版社. 9.2 x 12.3", 293 pp., 60 color plates, numerous color and b/w illustrations, text in Chinese, hardcover, Hong Kong, 2002. Item #26003
A second book by David Ren, the author of Imperial Rocks, this volume is perhaps the most comprehensive history of the appreciation of Chinese scholar's rocks available to date. It traces the history of rock appreciation from the beginning in the Tang dynasty, when rocks are appreciated for its landscape property, in the Song dynasty for its beauty, in the Yuan dynasty for its strange shapes, in the Ming dynasty for its elegance and association with the scholarly tradition, and in the Qing dynasty for its individuality and eccentricity. Copiously illustrated, it also includes chapters on a technical study of how rock shapes are formed, a study of rock stands, and the aesthetic of rocks. At the end of the book is a catalogue of 60 pieces from the Niliuzhai collection of classical Chinese rocks. Text in Chinese.
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