Guide to Chinese Furniture – Part 4) New Reproductions

Shanghai_Furniture_fair-DSCF0004-1170x550 Guide to Chinese Furniture - Part 4) New Reproductions


New items which employ natural materials and handcrafted construction techniques often in use for
many generations. Generally occurs in a workshop environment with mostly hand tools and limited use
of modern machinery. Designs are based on traditional deigns modified slightly according to the times.
Items can be very similar but no two are exactly alike as a result of the hand-crafting process.

dscf0005 Guide to Chinese Furniture - Part 4) New Reproductions
Chinese reproduction furniture seen at a tradeshow in Shanghai
  1. KNOWLEDGE: Basic understanding of periods, regions, and styles as well local handcraft construction techniques. Ability to recognize quality in regards to price.
  2. OPTIONS: Typically only colors and finishes can be controlled. Choice and selection of materials is limited.
  3. ORDERING: There are usually no or fairly low minimum quantities, though the ordering process is generally unsophisticated and inexact. Items can be re-ordered but because production & finishing techniques are non-standardized, the resulting product will vary from factory to factory.
  4. SUPPLY/PRICING: Pricing is often based on limited quantities of semi unique items as most factories are unable to produce in regular larger quantities. Supply is limited only by market conditions, available materials and each workshops factory capacity.
  5. TYPES: Converted, which uses salvaged old components such as an old cabinet which is then converted into a new item. Is sometimes cheaper then new since there is no purchase of new raw materials, though this may change over time. If using salvaged components overall sizes and shapes of the final product may vary to some extent. New, which uses completely raw materials as opposed to salvaged components.

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