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Chinese art historian:     Material culture   -   Furniture   -   Painting   -   Architecture 

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An Asian art historian Sarah Handler has taught at UCLA, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan. Known for her expertise in Chinese furniture, architecture and related arts, she was curator of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture in Northern California from 1990-1995. She is widely published in scholarly journals, exhibition catalogues, and art and antique magazines, including Orientations, Asian Art, and the Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society.


Sarah is the author, among other books, of Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture with University of California Press and Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture with Ten Speed Press (Random House).  


In 1984-1985 she lived in Beijing and collaborated with Wang Shixiang on the translation of his pioneer book Classic Chinese Furniture, Ming and Early Qing Dynasties. Born in New York, she was educated at Michigan, Harvard, Kansas, London School of Oriental and African Studies, Princeton and Leiden. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, poet and scholar Willis Barnstone.

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