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




Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture. Berkeley/Toronto: Ten Speed

Press, 2005.


Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture.  Berkeley/Los Angeles/London:

University of California Press, 2001.

Sarah Handler and Nancy Berliner. Friends of the H
ouse: Furniture from China’sTowns and Villages. Salem, Massachusetts: Peabody-Essex Museum, 1996.

Wang Shixiang.  Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, Ming and Early Qing

Dynasties, translated by author, Lark E. Mason Jr., Sarah Handler, et al. 2

vols.  Hong Kong: Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd., 1990.

         Wang Shixiang. Classic Chinese Furniture, Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, edited, translated and with an afterward by Sarah Handler. Hong Kong/San Francisco/London:  The Joint Press, China Books and Periodicals, Han-Shan Tang, 1986.

Pieces in Context:  An Approach to the Study of Chinese Furniture through an Analysis

of Ming Dynasty Domestic Hardwood Examples in Kansas City.  1982.  Ann Arbor,

Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1983. Distributed by Han-Shan Tang, London.

The Great Bronze Age of China, a Symposium, ed.  Sarah Handler.  Los Angeles

County Museum of Art,  1983.

Lee Yu-kuan. Art Rugs from Silk Route and Great Wall Areas, ed. Sarah Handler.

Tokyo, 1980.

Articles in Books

“Alluring Setting for an Accomplished Beauty” in Beauty Revealed: Images of

Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Art Museum, 2013.

“A Star Collection of Chinese Furniture” in Brush, Clay, Wood: The Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Collection of Chinese Art. Cincinnati: Taft Museum of Art, 2008.

Nine articles on Chinese furniture in Chinese Furniture: Selected Articles from Orientations 1984–2003. Hong Kong: Orientations, 2004.

       “The Wondrous and Amenable Chinese Stool” in William Lipton, The Wondrous and Amenable Chinese Stool. Chicago, Art Media Resources Ltd., 2000.

“Wood Shaped and Standing Through the Winds of Time” in Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1996.

“The Coming Into Light of an Old Art" in Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture.  San Francisco: China Arts Foundation, 1996.

“Chinese Furniture.” The Dictionary of  Art. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries, 1996.

“Walls of China" in Under Western Eyes: Walls of China in Photographs. Champaign, Il: Krannert Art Museum, 1987.

"Summer and Winter: Late 15th Century Follower of Sessh" in Japanese Ink Painting. ed. Y. Shimizu and C. Wheelwright. Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 1976.

Articles in Journals and Catalogues

“Chinese Art in Western Creations,” Orientations 50.3 (May/June 2019), 61-67.

“Elegant Chinese Rooms with Fantastic Objects and Rootwood Furniture,”  Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society vol. 80 (2015-2016), 67-82.

“What is a Chinese Scholar Seated at his MIng Desk Dreaming?,” Orientations 48:3 (May/June 2017), 90-97.

“Please be Seated,” The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Classical Chinese Furniture,

Sotheby’s New York, (March 15, 2016), 18-21.

“The Canopy Bed in the Light of Chinese Architecture,” Orientations 33:1  (January 2002), 24-31.

“Alluring Furnishings in a Chinese Woman’s Dominion,” Orientations 31:1 (January 2000), 22-31


At a Clean Table by a Bright Window: Furnishings in a Chinese Scholar’s Retreat,” Kaikodo Journal XII (Autumn 1999), 8-20.

“Roses, Bamboo and the Low-back Armchair.”Orientations 29:7  (July/August 1998), 12-18.

"Side Tables, a Surface for Treasures and the Gods," Orientations 27: 5 (May 1996), 32-41.

"Outstanding Pieces in Private Collections: Chinese Classical Furniture in New American Collections" in Orientations 24:1 (January 1993), 45-52.

"The Elegant Vagabond: The Chinese Folding Armchair" in Orientations 23:1 (January 1992), 90-96.

"The Revolution in Chinese Furniture: Moving from Mat to Chair" in Asian  Art 4:3 (Summer 1991), 9-33.

"Proportion and Joinery in Four-part Wardrobes" in Orientations  22:1 (January 1991), 52-57.

"Classical Chinese Furniture in the Renaissance Collection" in Orientations 22:1 (January 1991), 42-51.

"The Korean and Chinese Furniture Tradition" in Korean Culture 5:2 (June 1984), 4-19.

"The Chinese Bed" in Orientations 15:1 (January 1984), 26-37.

Articles in Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society

"Square Tables Where the Immortals Dine," 4:4 (Autumn 1994), 4-23.

"The Ubiquitous Stool," 4:3 (Summer 1994), 4-23.

"A Clean Table by a Bright Window," 4:2 (Spring 1994), 27-43.

"Cabinets and Shelves Containing All Things in China," 4:1 (Winter 1993), 4-29.

"Life on a Platform," 3:4 (Autumn 1993), 4-20.

"The Chinese Screen: Movable Walls to Divide, Enhance, and Beautify," 3:3

(Summer 1993), 4-31.

"A Yokeback Chair for Sitting Tall," 3:2 (Spring 1993), 4-23.

"A Ming Meditating Chair in Bauhaus Light," 3:1 (Winter 1992), 26-38.

"A Little World Made Cunningly: The Chinese Canopy Bed," 2:2 (Spring, 1992), 4-27.


"Comfort and Joy: A Couch Bed for Day and Night," 2:1 (Winter 1991), 4-19.

"Ablutions and Washing Clean: the Chinese Washbasin and Stand," 1:4 (Fall 1991), 23-36.

"The Dr.S.Y. Yip Collection," 1:4 (Fall 1991), 10-14.

"On a New World Arose the Kang Table," 2:3 (Summer 1992), 22-46.

"Carriers of Light: The Chinese Lampstand and Lantern," 1:2 (Spring 1991), 19-34.

"Perfumed Coals in Precious Braziers Burn," 1:3 (Summer 1991), 4-19.

"The Incense Stand and the Scholar's Mystical State," 1:1 (Winter 1990), 4-10.

"George Kates: A Romance with Chinese Life and Chinese Furniture," 1:1 (Winter 1990), 67-72.


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