拆开 (Chāi kāi) essentially means to “take apart” and people often don’t realize that when you restore a piece of Chinese antique furniture, usually in addition to carefully cleaning it, it also usually must be taken apart and entirely refitted back together. Since Chinese furniture rarely uses nails, and instead uses a complex system of pegs and joints, the item can be completely disassembled, with the pieces spread out over the workshop floor.
Dirt, dirt and more dirt – cleaning a late Ming table via wet sand as part of the antique restoration process
A look at carefully removing about 300 to 400 years of accumulated dirt on a late Ming table revealing the patina & original lacquer when the grime is removed.
Hidden beauty: Careful cleaning reveals beautiful color on this Chinese antique sideboard from Shanxi
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 […]
A to Z: Restoring Chinese wood carvings, wooden screens and carved architectural elements.
Lets step into the workshop and see first-hand the complete process of restoring antique chinese window screens, wood carvings and wood panels.
Restoring a Chinese mahjong table with a bit of pyrotechnics!
I get so backed up with blog posts, because there is so many interesting and fascinating things to see and talk about. And being detailed oriented, I really want to spend the time to talk about each item in detail, the history behind it, where it comes from and all the other details that make […]
Furniture Repairs: Improper restoration causes this “Old Shanghai” table-top to buckle and split
Question: A reputable local beijing based antique Chinese furniture dealer sold us this nice Chinese table. It cracked a few months after getting it. He has his own shop to produce furniture as well as sell antiques. I am sending you 3 photos, 1 of each side of the table, and 1 of the whole […]