• Architectural Items
  • Where can I find good books on Chinese wood carvings and architectural elements?

    I get a ton of emails each week asking where to find more information on various antiques related topics. Recently there have been an unusual number of emails asking for information on wood carvings in particular. Here is one from this week: “I have a wooden architectural carving that was a mantle for a gate. It […]

  • Antique Markets
  • Traditional chinese houses – from the countryside into the city (with million dollar profits too)

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      Very interesting article in the China daily talking about the resale market for Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese traditional homes which are disassembled, transported, repaired and then resold to restaurants, clubs or wealthy collectors.  Now this is an interesting topic which I could easily get lost in as it just touches on so many interesting elements from Hui […]

  • Antique Restorations
  • Guide to antique doors and antique door panels.

    I was in the warehouse just a few days ago, looking over a batch of antique door panels which just came in and it really reminded me just how cool some of these pieces are, especially the iron hardware, the various textures, and the overall character and charm of these bits of history. In the […]

  • Antique Reproductions
  • Trend Guide: Rustic furniture made from reclaimed elm and other salvaged woods

    I was in the warehouse the other day looking over some pieces when I was reminded how much reclaimed, recycled and/or renewable materials are definitely a growing trend. A quick Google turns up a range of articles from Reclaimed furniture: Give trees a chance to buzz on various designer blogs. Even Furniture Industry trade publications […]

  • Chinese Furniture
  • Comparing apples to oranges – more on determining quality in Chinese antique furniture

    Photos of these two cabinets have been floating around on our file server for quite a while and I have been meaning to put them up here as another excellent example of differences in quality between Chinese antique workshops and restoration as well as in Chinese Country Antique Furniture in general. These are both essentially […]