• Antique Restorations
  • Dirt, dirt and more dirt – cleaning a late Ming table via wet sand as part of the antique restoration process

    restoring chinese antiques - wet sanding

    Recently we restored a late Ming dynasty square table from Shanxi province. Beautiful table and I thought it might be interesting to show the images of the cleaning process occurs which primarily involves a careful wet sand. Known in Chinese as 打水磨, its a unavoidable part of any antique restoration. What a nasty mess! Removing about […]

  • Antique Reproductions
  • Another cracked laquer effect

    green-cracked-lacquer-sample

    Another type of cracked lacquer does not require the use of sheets of fabric.  First a layer of “nizi” – a kind of adhesive, is spread evenly over the surface of the furniture,  preferably brushing on a thicker coat of “nizi” rather then a thin one.  The adhesive is then left to air dry for a short period […]