• aimores, cabinets & wardrobes
  • Hidden beauty: Careful cleaning reveals beautiful color on this Chinese antique sideboard from Shanxi

    Chinese shifu scholar

    You never really know what you will find when you start on restoration of an antique. Experience helps but its nevertheless often times more art then process. Since some customers, particularly those in the know, prefer to select antique pieces in un-restored form, which while exciting and educating, can present some tricky problems for the […]

  • aimores, cabinets & wardrobes
  • A quick look at some beautiful antique shanxi painted furniture in unrestored form

    During a recent buying excursion, I stumbled across these beautiful lacquered / painted armoires, from Shanxi province in Northern China.  While not nearly as prized by Chinese buyers, who often prefer hardwoods like Hua li or Hong mu, the status of Shanxi painted furniture has nevertheless risen significantly over the years for its beauty and […]

  • antique appraisals
  • Blurring the line further… How to tell if its a genuine antique?

    If you read my previous post “blurring the line” you know how difficult it is to honestly decide whether or not an item should be considered an “genuine Chinese antique.” Answering this question becomes even more difficult when you consider the awkward journey a piece my take as it travels through the “antique-reproduction” supply chain. […]