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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 […]

  • Chairs, benches and stools
  • A new twist on classic Ming style horse-shoe chairs – introducing the stainless steel Chinese yoke back chair!

    Chinese officials hat chair

    Admittedly cool, I think these polished stainless steel Chinese officials hat chairs from Chine Gallery are equally as funky. Known in Chinese as Guān mào yǐ (官帽椅) the name likely comes from the sculpted back which resembles a winged official’s hat.

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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 […]

  • Chairs, benches and stools
  • Chinese furniture in B&W: historical perspectives from old china

    This particular image was taken from Ralphrepo’s photo stream on flicker and it apparently comes from a book called “The Face Of China As Seen By Photographers & Travelers 1860-1912.” He has a much longer and interesting commentary with a snip in which the furniture itself is mentioned. “Socially, the furniture belies a family of […]