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Classical Chinese Carpets 1



The authors
Michael Franses acts as a consultant on textile art history to private collectors and museums in regard to aquisitions, conservation and publishing. He has written articles and lectures on a variety of topics, including classical oriental rugs from the 15th to the 17th centuries, and Central Asian embroideries and tribal rugs from the 18th and 19th centuries. From 1974, with the aim of widening interest in the textile arts, he co-founded Oguz Press, the International Conference on Oriental Carpets, and Hali, The International Journal of Fine Carpets and Textiles, of which he was publisher and co-editor until 1987. He formed Textile & Art Publications in 1993.
     
Hans König has studied Chinese carpets for over thirty years. After retiring as Secretary General to the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, he served as chairman of the Board of The European Fine Art Foundation. He continues to pursue his studies, which include both western and eastern art from earliest times to the present day, and travels throughout the world visiting both public and private collections. Acclaimed as one of the foremost connoisseurs and experts on Chinese and East Turkestan carpets; he has lectured widely on classical Chinese carpets and published several seminal articles.
     
Hwee Lie Thè is a graduate sinologist from the University of Leyden in the Netherlands. After the Cultural Revolution, she spent several years studying, travelling and working in China. A freelance researcher and writer on Chinese art, she has worked for the past five years in the Chinese Department of Sotheby's London.
     
Gary Dickinson is the researcher for the Linda Wrigglesworth antique Chinese costume and textile gallery in London, and co-author of Imperial Wardrobe, a standard work on Qing dynasty court dress. He has written extensively on Chinese symbolism, establishing the Journal of Yijing Studies.
     



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