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    This enormous solid wood console (over two meters) which probably dates back to the Ming Dynasty, originally made its home in a temple in Shanxi province before being stumbled upon by us in the far off, dusty dirty corners of the antiques trade.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

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  • Finding Treasures in a City’s Disappearing Past

    Li Songtang at his museum in Beijing, where he displays relics saved from demolition sites in the rapidly modernizing city. Doug Kanter for The New York Times BEIJING — The destruction of this 800-year-old city usually proceeds as follows: the Chinese character for “demolish” mysteriously appears on the front of an old building, the residents […]

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  • Hunting for treasures in Beijing’s Antique furniture markets

    This past weekend, ACF China and  The Hutong organized a field trip for local expats here in Beijing to visit an genuine outdoor wholesale antique market, where peasants from the countryside bring un-restored antique furniture and other curios to sell to wholesalers, collectors and restorers. The trip proved a success, allowing attendees a fascinating peek […]

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  • Beijing Field trip: Outdoor Wholesale Chinese Antique Market Tour

    ACF China and the The Hutong will be co-organizing a field trip this Saturday morning to visit a outdoor wholesale market where peasants from the countryside bring antique furniture to sell to wholesalers, specialists and restorers. This is an extremely rare opportunity to see where antique furniture comes from and what it looks like in […]

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  • Antiques Shopping on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong

    Over the years, having spent a fair amount of time in and out of Hong Kong, it suddenly dawned on me that (up until now), this famous Hong Kong antiques street in Central, has yet to be mentioned here. Adding insult to injury, is that fact that for many years, upon my arrival in Hong […]

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  • Antique Shopping in Beijing, China

    Another youtube find, apparently from someone (Tricia Wang) shopping in the various “antique” markets (notice the quotes) here in Beijing. Highly doubt there are many antiques to be found here but still… its a lot of fun and a great cultural experience. Love the music overlay…. If the embeded version does not play, try this […]