Its always interesting to see the progression from idea to reality. When people come to me with raw ideas, my task is to walk them through process from the initial concept to final product. Usually that’ means helping them determine on the specific requirements, narrowing down the details and deciding on the “overall look and feel” […]
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 […]
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 […]
Item: A pair of late 18th to early 19th century Qing period Chinese compound cabinets Region: Shanxi Province in Northern China Materials: Nanmu (楠木 – Phoebe) and Chicken Wing wood (鸡翅木) * Price: 60,000 to 80,000 Chinese RMB (SOLD) ** Condition: Purchased un-restored. Minimal restoration. New hardware. Carvings likely replaced after being defaced during the […]
A look at a Chinese noodle cabinet/scholar cabinet and how to tell if it is indeed old or not and if so, is it worth anything? When assessing the authenticity and/or value of Chinese antique furniture, looks can be deceiving. In this post we will break down what appears to be an “authentic antique” cabinet.