Classical Chinese Furniture:
Consulting



Curtis Evarts

s curator of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture 1990-1996, Curtis Evarts was intimately involved with the formation of one of the world's greatest Chinese hardwood furniture collections.

As contributing editor to the Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 1990-1994, his research probed many technical areas of Chinese furniture.

His independent research and publications since have continued to provide a consistent source of nourishment for the field. His numerous publications and lectures are listed below.

Curtis Evarts also offers guidance to beginning and seasoned collectors. His services also include authentication and appraisal. Please contact him for further inquiry.


Publications

1990

"Integrity and Joinery in Chinese Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 1:1 (Winter 1990), pp. 11-13.

1991

"Continuous Horseshoe Arms And Half-Lapped Pressure-Peg Joins." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 1:2 (Spring 1991), pp. 14-18.

"The Development of the Waisted Form and Variations in Its Joinery." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 1:3 (Summer 1991), 36-45.

"The Association of Classical Chinese Furniture in Beijing." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 1:3 (Summer 1991), 19-20.

"A Pair of Zitan Southern Official's Hat Armchairs." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 1:4 (Autumn 1991), pp. 4-9.

1992

"A Report on the First International Symposium on Chinese Ming Domestic Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 2:1 (Winter 1991), pp. 22-27.

"Recent Acquisition and Projects of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture." Orientations January 1992, pp. 86-89.

"The Nature and Characteristics of Wood and Related Observations of Chinese Hardwood Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 2:2 (Spring 1992), pp. 28-41.

"Simplicity and Integrity Reflected in the Anatomy of a Masterpiece". Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society2:3 (Summer 92), pp. 4-12.

"The Piccus Collection of Classical Chinese Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 2:4 (Autumn 1992), pp. 4-25.

"The Symposium in Memory of the Ninetieth Anniversary of Yang Yao." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 2:4 (Autumn 1992), pp. 64-67.

1993

"The San Francisco Symposium on Classical Chinese Wood Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 3:1 (Winter 1992), pp. 4-8.

"The Art of Joinery: A Manifold Expression." Orientations January 1993, pp. 53-57.

"From Ornate to Unadorned: A Study of a Group of Yokeback Chairs." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 3:2 (Spring 1993), pp. 24-33.

"Furniture in the Novel Jin Ping Mei: A Comparison of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth Century Illustrations." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 3:4 (Autumn 1993), pp. 21-45.

1994

"The 'Classic of Lu Ban' and Classical Chinese Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society3:1 (Winter 1993), pp. 33-44.

"Ornamental Stone Panels and Chinese Furniture." Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 4:2 (Spring 1994), pp. 4-26.

"Uniting Elegance and Utility: Metal Mounts on Chinese Furniture". Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society 3:4 (Summer 94). pp. 27-47.

"The Enigmatic Coffer". Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, 4:4 (Autumn 1994), pp. 29-44.

"Chinese Woodworking Tools," Unpublished article.

1995

"Best of the Best: An Exhibition of Ming Furniture from Private Collections." Arts of Asia, Hong Kong, 135-141.

Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture. San Francisco: Tenth Union, 1995

1996

"The Furniture Maker and the Woodworking Traditions of China." Catalogue essay in Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 1996. pp. 53-76.

1997

"China". Encyclopedia of Interior Design. London: Fitzroy Dearborn: 1997, 252-261.

"Classical Chinese Furniture from The Jingguangtang Collection ". The Jingguangtang Collection, Part II. Christie's New York, #8606, March 20, 1997, pp. 26-29.

"Legends on a Bicycle." Home Furniture no. 12 (August/September 1997), p. 82.

1998

Catalogue entries and essay "Traditional Chinese Furniture. From Sumptuous Palaces to Courtyard Dwellings." in Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment. Hong Kong: Yungmingtang, 1998, pp. 23-33, 97-171.

"In Pursuit of Elegance and Majesty: Traditional Living Spaces of the Elite in Late Imperial China". From Elegant Mansions: Fine Classical Chinese Furniture and Works of Art. Christie's New York, #8972, September 16, 1998, pp. 14-17.

1999

Catalogue entries and essay "Literary Mind and Carving of Dragons" in Spendour of Style: Classical Chinese Furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Taipei: National Museum of History, 1999, pp. 21-32, 62-210.

C. L. Ma Collection: Traditional Chinese Furniture from the Greater Shanxi Region. Hong Kong: C. L. Ma Furniture, 1999.

2000

"New Directions in Chinese Furniture Connoisseurship. Early Traditional Furniture" Orientations January 2000. pp. 50-57.

A Leisurely Pursuit: Splendid Hardwood Antiquities from the Liang Yi Collection. Hong Kong, 2000.

2002

"Dating and Attribution: Questions of Revelations from Inscribed Works of Chinese Furniture". Orientations 33:1 (January 2002). pp. 32-39.

2003

"Splendor of Chinese Classical Furniture: Highlights from the Gangolf Geis Collection". The Gangolf Geis Collection of Fine Classical Chinese Furniture. Christie's New York, #1330, September 18, 2003, pp. 8-13.

2004

"Three Remarkable Beds". Important Chinese Furniture from Private Collections. Christie's New York, #1494, September 21, 2004, pp. 9-13

"The Chinese Game Table". Play it Again: Asian Games and Pastimes. E. J. Frankel, New York, 2004, pp. 25-37.

2006

"Traditional Jumu Furniture and the Museum of Classical Jumu Furniture". in Orientations June 2006. Hong Kong, 2006, pp. 28-35.

2007

Liangyi Collection. Hong Kong: United Sky Resources 2007.

"Zitan: Qiyuan shenmi de yiguo gaogui yingmu” (Zitan: The Noble Hardwood of Exotic, Abstruse Origins). Shoucangjia: Zhongguo guidian jiaju, zitan xueshu taolunhui, zitan zhan zhuanji, 2007. In Chinese.

2008

Palace Museum Collection: Treasury of Ming and Qing Palace Furniture. Hu Desheng, translated by Curtis Evarts. Beijing: Forbidden City Press, 2008

2009

"Exquisite Lacquer Furniture". The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Christie's Hong Kong, #2711, May 27, 2009, pp. 40-43

2010

"Shennan yu zhongguo gudian nanmu jiaju (Divine Nanmu and Nanmu Classical Furniture)". Forbidden City Journal, 2010.

2011

"Shanyou jiaju (Amiable Furniture)". Zhongruigongqiao, exhibition catalogue, Beijing May, 2011.

"Zhongguo gudian jiaju bowuguancang zhenpin sijian (Four Treasures from the Museum of Classical Chinese furniture)". Chinese Furniture Sale. Guardian Auction, Beijing, November, 2011.

2012

"Chuangta liliwaiwai zhi qiju (Accessories of Chinese Beds)". Zhongruigongqiao, exhibition catalogue, Beijing May, 2012.

"Xiyou pinzhong—Houpenjia (A Rare Category—The Brazier Stand)". Chinese Furniture Sale. Guardian Auction, Beijing, October, 2012.

"Chinese Furniture amongst the Shifting Sands of Transient History ". Fine Chinese Furniture from Private American Collections, Christie's Hong Kong, #2966, Nov 28, 2012.

2013

"25 Remarkable Years with Chinese Furniture ". Fine Chinese Furniture from an Important Private American Collection, Christie's New York, #2802, Mar 21, 2013.


Lectures

1991

Kuala Lumpur, sponsered by the Southeast Asia Ceramic Society, "The Museum of Classical Chinese furniture: The First Museum Dedicated Exclusively to Ming Furniture."

Hong Kong, "The Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture: The First Museum Dedicated Exclusively to Ming Furniture" delivered September 1991 at the Dr. S. Y. Yip Symposium on Classical Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong.

Beijing, "The Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture: The First Museum Dedicted Exclusively to Ming Furniture"delivered November 1991 at the First International Symposium on Chinese Domestic Furniture, Beijing.

1992

Renaissance, "Classical Chinese Furniture."

Suzhuo, "The Artistry of Joinery: A Manifold Expression" at the Second International Symposium on Chinese Ming Domestic Furniture in Memory of Yang Yao, October 1992.

1993

Taipei, sponsored by Art Asia, "Research and the Collection of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture."

Hong Kong, sponsored by the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, "Classical Chinese Furniture and the Jin Ping Mei."

Taipei, ArtAsia, "Classical Chinese Furniture and the Jin Ping Mei."

1995

New York, Sotheby's, New York "Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture".

1996

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Chinese Hardwood Furniture: Materials and Techniques."

1997

Singapore, National Heritage Museum. "Classical Chinese Furniture."

1998

Taipei, Sponsored by the Art Asia. "Four-part lecture series: History, Joinery and Construction, Materials, Fakes and Masterpieces."

New York, Sponsored by Christie's, New York. "In Pursuit of Elegance and Majesty: Traditional Living Spaces of the Elite in Late Imperial China."

Hong Kong, Friends of the Hong Kong University Society. "Four-part lecture series: History, Joinery and Construction, Materials, Fakes and Masterpieces."

1999

Taipei, Sponsored by the Art Asia. "Five-part lecture series: History, Joinery and Construction, Materials, Fakes and Masterpieces, Interiors."

Hong Kong, Sponsored by Christie's, Hong Kong. "In Pursuit of Elegance and Majesty: Traditional Living Spaces of the Elite in Late Imperial China."

Taipei, Sponsored by the Rotory Club of Taipei. " Classical Chinese Furniture."

Taipei, National Museum of History. "Splendor of Style".

Hong Kong. Friends of the Hong Kong University Society, "Searching for the Soul of Traditional Chinese Furniture."

Beijing. "The C. L. Ma Collection & Traditional Chinese Furniture."

2000

Taipei. "New Directions in Chinese Furniture Connoisseurship. Early Traditional Furniture".

2002

Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong Museum Society, "Dating and Attribution: Questions and Revelations from Inscribed Works of Chinese Furniture".

2004

Denver, Cashi Gallery. “Chinese Furniture and Asian Sensitivities”.

Kansas City, Fafa Gallery. “Chinese Furniture and Asian Sensitivities”.

2005

Shanghai, Exhibition Center. “Chinese Furniture and Asian Sensitivities”.

Shanghai, Exhibition Center. “Chinese Furniture and Western Sensitivities”.

2006

Shanghai, Exhibition Center. "In Pursuit of Elegance and Majesty: Traditional Living Spaces of the Elite in Late Imperial China".

Hong Kong, Chine Gallery. “The Chinese Chair”.

2007

Shanghai, Exhibition Center. "The Chinese Stool".

Hong Kong, Asia Expo. “Huanghuali and Huanghuali Furniture”.

2008

Beijing, Century Museum. “Huanghuali and Huanghuali Furniture”.

Dongshan, Jiangsu Province Artron Annual Gathering. “Western World and Chinese Furniture” (in Chinese).

2009

Jinan, Shandong Province. Artron Annual Gathering."The Chair: High Antiquity, Dating and Aesthetic Appreciation” (in Chinese).

2010

Beijing, Guardian Auction, Aesthetics of Chinese Furniture (in Chinese).

2012

Beijing, Zhongyang Meishuyuan, Three-Part lecture series: Chinese Furniture History, Aesthetics, and East-West Cultural Exchange. (in Chinese)

2013