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  • Bespoke Chinese style reproduction furniture – from concept to reality in seven simple (or not so simple) steps

    chinese custom made bespoke furniture design

    Its always interesting to see the progression from idea to reality. When people come to me with raw ideas, my task is to walk them through process from the initial concept to final product. Usually that’ means helping them determine on the specific requirements, narrowing down the details and deciding on the “overall look and feel” […]

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  • Reader Question: what is this antique cabinet?

    shanxi_book_cabinet

    I get several emails each week asking for information on pieces. Questions regarding origin, value, age etc. Unfortunately I can’t answer them all, though  I do try to answer as many as I can. Anyway, here is one from the latest batch of emails in the interest that my answers can be shared with others […]

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  • Hidden beauty: Careful cleaning reveals beautiful color on this Chinese antique sideboard from Shanxi

    Chinese shifu scholar

    You never really know what you will find when you start on restoration of an antique. Experience helps but its nevertheless often times more art then process. Since some customers, particularly those in the know, prefer to select antique pieces in un-restored form, which while exciting and educating, can present some tricky problems for the […]

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  • A quick look at some beautiful antique shanxi painted furniture in unrestored form

    During a recent buying excursion, I stumbled across these beautiful lacquered / painted armoires, from Shanxi province in Northern China.  While not nearly as prized by Chinese buyers, who often prefer hardwoods like Hua li or Hong mu, the status of Shanxi painted furniture has nevertheless risen significantly over the years for its beauty and […]

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  • A pair of late 18th to early 19th century Qing dynasty Chinese Nanmu compound cabinets

    Item: A pair of late 18th to early 19th century Qing period Chinese compound cabinets Region: Shanxi Province in Northern China Materials: Nanmu (楠木 – Phoebe) and Chicken Wing wood  (鸡翅木) * Price: 60,000 to 80,000 Chinese RMB (SOLD) ** Condition: Purchased un-restored. Minimal restoration. New hardware. Carvings likely replaced after being defaced during the […]

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  • With this Chinese noodle cabinet-scholar cabinet, appearances can be deceiving!

    A customer recently sent me these photos of a Chinese Noodle cabinet which they purchased from an estate auction. Their inquiry was pertaining to its age, value and authenticity. In other words, a quick antique appraisal. The question of course was the one I am asked most frequently which was “Is it old and is […]