• 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 […]

  • Antique Markets
  • The real deal: Looking back a few hundred years at an authentic chinese alter table

    This enormous solid wood console (over two meters) which probably dates back to the Ming Dynasty, originally made its home in a temple in Shanxi province before being stumbled upon by us in the far off, dusty dirty corners of the antiques trade. Known in Chinese as a “Gong An,” or roughly a”temple table” the […]

  • Antique Restorations
  • Restoring a Chinese mahjong table with a bit of pyrotechnics!

    Furniture restoration: Chinese mahjong table

    I get so backed up with blog posts, because there is so many interesting and fascinating things to see and talk about. And being detailed oriented, I really want to spend the time to talk about each item in detail, the history behind it, where it comes from and all the other details that make […]

  • Antique Restorations
  • Furniture Repairs: Improper restoration causes this “Old Shanghai” table-top to buckle and split

    old shanghai table to be repaired

    (Click images to enlarge)  Question: A reputable local beijing based antique Chinese furniture dealer sold us this nice Chinese table. It cracked a few months after getting it.  He has his own shop to produce furniture as well as sell antiques. I am sending you 3 photos, 1 of each side of the table, and […]