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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 […]