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

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    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” […]

  • Antique Reproductions
  • Classic Chinese style + contemporary stainless steel = design perfection

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    We all love antiques, but I  must admit, I see so many of them (obviously much more the average Joe). So once in a while, its refreshing to come across something completely new – even if it is with an old twist. And this is why recently, I have really enjoying crafting these chrome-hybrid creations […]

  • Chinese History
  • Burn, loot and pillage! Destruction of antiques during China’s Cultural Revolution.

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      Being out on the web, I get so many emails from people asking for help identifying pieces, woods, etc. I would love to be able to reply to them all, but its just not possible (hey – anyone want to pay me for this? 😉 ) But this particular one which came in a […]

  • Fakes and Copies
  • Look at the dirt – quick tips for authenticating neolithic and ancient Chinese pottery

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    Super quick post regarding a recent discussion I was having about cleaning antiquities, particularly those which would have been buried underground. While there are many highly specialized and scientific ways to authenticate a piece (for example TL testing), there are also some very practical clues one can look out for. For example dirt. When an […]

  • chinese furniture hardware
  • The great leap forward- a disaster for Chinese antique furniture

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    (The following is a few slides from one my classes on Chinese Antiques. Sooner or later I hope to post all the slides here along with videos.)   A Bit of Background The Great Leap Forward was a socialist mass movement designed to harness China’s enormous peasant labor force in order to rapidly transform China from an […]

  • antique appraisals
  • 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 […]