New Course: learn about collecting Chinese antiques, ceramics, Tibetan art, textiles and chinese furniture.

This fall of 2011, Roger Schwendeman and Chris Buckley, specialists in Chinese Antiques, will be conducting a unique series of classes on Chinese Antiques (course listing below). These sessions are intended to provide pointers for negotiating the maze/minefield that is the Beijing antique market and for finding genuine items of good quality. The first sessions begin on Friday 23rd September 2011 starting with antique furniture related topics.


All classes are from 10.30am to 12pm approximately. Allow longer for field trips for traveling time. Classes are limited to 12-15 people per session depending on venue. Offsite field trips are limited to 15-20. Seats are first-come first-served so if you have interest please RSVP your intention without delay.There is a fee of 200RMB per class.


If you would like to sign up for a session please click here to sign up:


chrisbuckley888 (at)
roger (at)  (or call 13051440767)

or contact us here


Chinese Furniture (01)  – Classroom session

Roger will introduction to buying antique furniture in Beijing, covering types of furniture, wood and surface finishes, distinguishing new from antique, “what’s hot” in the furniture market, ordering new/reproduction pieces.


Session Date Time Location
01 Friday Sept. 23, 2011 10:30 AM – 12 – 12:30 PM Gaobeidian
02 (repeat) Saturday Sept. 24, 2011 10:30 AM – 12 – 12:30 PM Gaobeidian

Chinese Furniture (02) – Field Trip

Roger will host a guided trip to one of Beijing’s “industry only” antique furniture markets to see “furniture in the raw”, with the chance to pick out unrestored furniture for later restoration. Roger is well known for these trips and will take you to places that other furniture dealers would like to keep secret.


Session Date Time Location
Field Trip Sunday 25 Sept 2011 10 AM Gaobeidian

Tips for Collecting Antiques in China (Roger and Chris)

Roger and Chris share their experiences in collecting antiques in China, and in particular in Beijing. Topics include:

    • a brief introduction to north China (Neolithic and bronze age cultures up to the present day)
    • types of antiques available in Beijing markets
    • genuine items versus fakes
    • collecting strategies
    • prices and market trends
    • how not to get “taken for a ride”
    • exporting your antiques (exportable items and problem areas)
    • packing and shipping your antiques. (With practical examples)

Session Date Time Location


Friday 14 Oct 2011

Saturday 15 Oct

10 AM Shunyi area (location to be advised)


Collecting and Decorating with Antique Rugs (Chris)

Types of antique rug available in Beijing, including Tibetan, Mongolian,
Xinjiang and other old rugs, distinguishing the main types, judging age and
quality, distinguishing natural and synthetic dyes, prices, spotting fakes.
Illustrated with many examples.


Session Date Time Location


Friday28 Oct 2011

Saturday 29th

10 AM Shunyi area (location to be advised)


Minority Textiles from Southwest China (Chris)

Textiles from minority peoples in Southwestern China, including Miao, Dong,
Bouyi, Li of Hainan and other groups. An introduction to types and techniques
including batik, ikat, supplementary weft and embroidery and distinguishing
different types, judging age and quality. Illustrated with many examples.


Session Date Time Location
to be announced 10 AM Shunyi area (location to be advised)


Coming in the Spring: (schedule TBD)

  • Introduction to Ceramics (1) Neolithic to Yuan
  • Introduction to Ceramics (2) Ming to present day
  • Chinese tea utensils
  • Tibetan Art
  • Chinese Furniture II
  • Furniture Field Trips


About Us:

Roger Schwendeman is a furniture dealer, restorer, expert and designer. He has been working in furniture industry in Beijing and South China for the last decade and probably has more hands-on experience with old furniture than any other expat in Beijing.


Chris Buckley is the owner of the Torana Tibetan Rug Gallery in Europlaza and a weaving workshop in Lhasa. He is also a collector of textiles, porcelain and Tibetan art and author of a book on Tibetan Furniture. He has lived in China
since 1995.


Getting to Gao Bei Dian

Take the Jingtong expressway east to the Gaobeidian exit (next exit past Sihui East). Take the exit and go south at the light onward past the car dealership, the gas station and over the small bridge. You should see a reservoir and large Chinese pagoda on the right. Continue on this street for a few minutes (past the newly built Chinese style buildings on the right) until you see the Chinese archway on the left side, just before the railroad tracks. Turn left onto the Gao Bei Dian furniture street and continue to shop number 184 on the north side of the street. The Chinese name of the shop is Ming Zheng (see image below). You can also call 13051440767 for directions.

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10 Comment

  1. Justin Liu says:

    If only I was in China….

  2. Roger says:

    Will try to put the course materials online at some point…!

  3. Jessa says:

    I can say thatI like Chinese antiques, ceramics, Tibetan art, textiles and chinese furniture. China have really a good heritage and they have rich cultures I think.

  4. Amy @Glitec Loans says:

    Chinese antiques are very meaningful, it clearly shows their culture, tradition and how they value it. I love collecting historical stuffs but these Chinese’ antiques are rare in my place, so I thought of purchasing it online. Is it safe to ship it? Thanks!

  5. Dan says:

    I wonder if I should look for Chinese antiques in the UK and bring them to China to sell on my next visit!

  6. furniture says:

    I think you need an expert to spot a genuine item versus a fake. This is why the course is invaluable to a collector. It could save a lot of money in the long run.


  7. Wood type is a factor here and also the extent of any damage caused to the piece. A specialist may end up charging more than the item is financially worth.

  8. Jun says:

    I really need to know a lot about this, I was once scammed into buying a fake one. I am a bit of low in this department, could you give me more tips on how to spot geniune and fake ones apart?

  9. steve says:

    I love the detail the Chinese put into their craftsmanship especially their silverware

  10. Love the site. We get some Chinese antiques in from time to time and your site is my first stop. Thanks

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