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  • Red or Black Lacquer Gilt Paintings – determining the old from the new on Chinese gold painted furniture.

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      I was recently looking over a gilded and painted antique Chinese book cabinet (书柜), with a customer in a very expensive Hong Kong antique dealers shop. I casually remarked that the gold paintings have been retouched and in some cases were completely new. (Though the dealer would swear the paintings were original, whether they knew […]

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  • Retired chocolate factory worker discovers his blue and white vase is a rare 600 year old Ming dynasty moon flask worth millions!

    Just a super quick update post since the folks at Chine Gallery in Hong Kong have been keeping me quite busy these days. Though with lots of cool things there to look into like this 18th century cinnabar lacquer box from Beijing can you blame me? On to the latest “record price” headline, this one […]

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  • The 47,000 USD dollar tooth brush holder – Chinese porcelain brush pot in owners bathroom sells at auction for staggering sum.

    Here’s a great tidbit from the Dailyrecord:  China pot which owner used as toothbrush holder sells for £30k at auction. Quick – everyone run into their bathrooms right now to see what you got in there! I have a pristine tube of Crest toothpaste which I have been holding onto for years – definitely going […]

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  • Woman finds out her father’s jade collection is worth over a million USD.

    18th-Century Qianlong Jade Collection from Qing Dynasty Appraised Value: $710,000 – $1,070,000 Watch the appraisal video here on the Antiques Roadshow website. Or even better, watch this interview with the owner in North Carolina. GUEST: My father was in China two different times– I think in the late ’30s and sometime during the ’40s, with […]

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  • Chinese vase valued at €150 sells for €110,000 at auction

    “I have a lot of people approach me with inquires about selling porcelain collections they have either inherited or amassed over the years. I am guessing this might be one of the reasons why:” THE OWNERS of a Chinese imperial vase which sold for €110,000 at a Co Laois auction on Tuesday – a record-breaking […]

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  • Chinese reverse glass paintings

    The Antiques Roadshow on PBS, has some great Chinese antique-relevant episodes, particularly this one on Chinese reverse glass paintings. Even cooler is the fact you can watch these episodes online!  The Chinese reverse painted glass mirror pictured above was recently sitting in our shop before it was purchased by someone who is now enjoying it […]