A pair of late 18th to early 19th century Qing dynasty Chinese Nanmu compound cabinets

200908245231 A pair of late 18th to early 19th century Qing dynasty Chinese Nanmu compound cabinets

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 […]

ACF China in the New York Times/Herald Tribune: Reactionaries? Make That ‘Collectors’

ACF-China_new-york-times-article ACF China in the New York Times/Herald Tribune: Reactionaries? Make That ‘Collectors’

Mr. Schwendeman, an American who has worked in China’s antiques trade for eight years, said Chinese buyers are still paying top dollar for jade and furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties made from rare hardwoods like yellow rosewood and ebony, which most foreigners ignore.

Cool Finds: A look at some 2000 year old, Han Dynasty pottery & earthenwares

DSC04067 Cool Finds: A look at some 2000 year old, Han Dynasty pottery & earthenwares

Note: All images are clickable. During our treks and travels, we come across all sorts of rare, unusual and interesting things. Like this 300 year old temple table we stumbled across this past summer. Or this Chinese ancestor painting which eventually wound up permanently wall-mounted in a friends living room. But this cache of Han Dynasty […]

The real deal: Looking back a few hundred years at an authentic chinese alter table

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This enormous solid wood console (over two meters) which supposedly dates back to the Ming Dynasty, originally made its home in a temple in Shanxi province before being stumbled upon by us in the far off, dusty dirty corners of the antiques trade. Known in Chinese as a “Gong An,” or roughly a”temple table” the […]

Hunting for treasures in Beijing’s Antique furniture markets

rogerfurniture2 Hunting for treasures in Beijing's Antique furniture markets

Yesterday I went out looking at antique furniture on the outskirts of Beijing with Roger Schwendenman of the ACF company. Roger is a specialist in wholesale furniture and has his own restoration workshop, and it was interesting to go look at unrestored furniture “fresh from the countryside” versus the fully restored variety that we see at most furniture sellers in Beijing

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