Guide to Chinese Furniture – Part 2) “Converted” antiques



Converted items are both antique & reproduction at the same time. Because of this the materials
and/or construction should possess a very slight degree of wear/tear due to age/use. The main overall
design of a converted piece may remain the same or similar but heavy modifications are made including
structural, finishes etc

  1. KNOWLEDGE: Basic an understanding of periods, regions, and styles as well local handcraft
    construction techniques.
  2. OPTIONS: Converted pieces are opportunistic in nature based on available, original core
    pieces and the buyer generally has little to no choice over its design.
  3. ORDERING: The purchasing (not ordering) ordering process is generally unsophisticated and
    inexact. Items cannot be exactly re-ordered but similar pieces may be able to be located.
  4. SUPPLY/PRICING: As supply will slowly decrease over time and consequently price will rise
    as haphazard conversions (as opposed to full restorations) will become a less useful/common
    occurrence. Conversions are sometimes is cheaper then “new,” since there is no purchase of
    new raw materials.

Related Books & Reading

Allen's Antique Chinese Porcelain ***The Detection of Fakes***: Second EditionAllen's Antique Chinese Porcelain ***The Detection of Fakes***: Second EditionFrom Anthony J. Allen, the author of four best-selling books on ancient Chinese bronzes, ancient Chinese ceramics, and two others on later Chinese por... Read More >
Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical FurnitureAustere Luminosity of Chinese Classical FurnitureChinese classical furniture is esteemed throughout the world for its beauty, functionalism, and influence on contemporary design aesthetics. Sarah Han... Read More >
Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912A fascinating look at the life and times of empresses in the Qing dynasty

Empresses in the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) played an influentia... Read More >

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  1. […] to note that most items on the market today which are being promoted as antiques are in fact either converted antiques (at best) or outright fakes & […]

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