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    This enormous solid wood console (over two meters) which probably dates back to the Ming Dynasty, originally made its home in a temple in Shanxi province before being stumbled upon by us in the far off, dusty dirty corners of the antiques trade.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

  • Laws and regulations
  • Guide to relic inspection certificates, customs documents and export requirements for antiques

    “If I purchase a genuine antique while in China, will I be able to export it back to my home country?”   The short answer is only if it is A) made after 1911 and more importantly B) not classified as Cultural property. According to the official Chinese law on the Protection of Cultural Relics, […]