The Chinese new year has passed and the weather is warming! The peasants sellers from the countryside are gradually returning and bringing with them, the years new shipments of Chinese classical and provincial antiques collected from their home towns and villages. Some interesting things!
As always though, the field narrows and there are general trends to be aware of this year:
- Each year it gets harder and harder to find good pieces. If you didn’t buy what you wanted last year, its probably gone this year.
- Prices are rising as supply diminishes and mainland Chinese begin to purchase and appreciate their own culture as well.
- Its difficult to find original paintings anymore. Most have been repainted or retouched.
- As always, the older, more original, rarer or better quality wood, the more expensive it is!
Its rare to find any easily available furniture in China these days that dates back to the Ming Dynasty, yet this table is likely to be just that: a late Ming dynasty console.
Several hundred years have taken its toll on this table and its feet are long gone. Nevertheless this is a rare find for the antique connoisseur.
Embossed leather trunks were cheaper and easier to find ten years ago. Now finding ones in good condition are difficult, particularly one like this. Most are damaged to the point where repair is not worth it. Good luck finding another like this!
This particular wedding trunk from Shanghai would originally have been a brighter color. Over the years exposure to sunlight and the elements have caused the lacquer to gradually turn a deep burgundy color. The dragons, butterflies and double happiness symbols give clues as to its use as a dowry gift to a newly wed couple.