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

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CONVERTED
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

Chinese Export Porcelain in North AmericaChinese Export Porcelain in North AmericaDescribes the origin and development of Chinese export porcelain and its import into Mexico, the United States and Canada from the 16th to the beginning of the 20th century
Understand the Art of China: A Collector's Guide for Antique Chinese PorcelainUnderstand the Art of China: A Collector's Guide for Antique Chinese PorcelainThis useful handbook provides you essential wide covered knowledge for collectors of antique Chinese porcelain.
- Helps you understand the real value of an artifact
- Learn how to recognize authentic antiques from fakes
- Useful knowledge of porcelain design
A Treasury of Ming and Qing Dynasty Palace Furniture from The Palace Museum Collection (2 Volumes)A Treasury of Ming and Qing Dynasty Palace Furniture from The Palace Museum Collection (2 Volumes)This two-volume set is an important publication in the study of furniture from the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) in Beijing. Through 30 years of work... 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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