In the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911) a Chinese merchant named Huang built a house he called Yin Yu Tang in a remote village in Huizhou in China's Anhui Province. For seven generations, members of the Huang family ate, slept, laughed, cried, married, and gave birth in the house. By the mid-1990s, the surviving family members had moved away, but in 1997 the house was dismantled and re-erected permanently at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Yin Yu Tang provides a fascinating, in-depth look at Chinese domestic culture, architecture, craftsmanship, history, and the impact of these influences on individual lives. PEM curator Nancy Berliner, one of the country's foremost experts on Chinese furniture and arts, takes the reader on a tour of this unique homestead providing detail on Yin Yu Tang's architecture, construction methods, decoration, furniture, and family heirlooms. She weaves a story of Chinese domestic life, culture, and the remarkable restoration and reconstruction.
Softcover: 192 pages, full-color photos, maps, charts, and architectural drawings.
Pub. Date: 2004