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How can I tell if my Chinese furniture is antique?

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How can I tell if my Chinese furniture is antique?

To determine the age of a Chinese furniture piece, look carefully at the joinery and finish. Natural expansion and contraction of the wood over time will cause a joint to protrude or retract, distorting a once-seamless fit. Antique lacquer finishes become crackled and worn over time. Areas of exposed wood, such as the underside of a table, the footrest of a chair, or the back of a cabinet should appear raw and dry compared to the finished surface. With use, the legs of tables and chairs become weathered near the bottom from precipitation and use.

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Chinese Painted Book Cabinet, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
painted cabinet in a children's bedroom or playroom as an unexpected bookcase or toy chest. Additional
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets

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Elm

Painted Chinese Red Lacquer Wedding Cabinet, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Crafted in the mid-19th century, this tall cabinet has a clean-lined form, designed with straight
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets

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Wood, Lacquer, Paint

Pair of Chinese Red Lacquer Book Cabinets, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Dated to the late 19th century, this pair of tall book cabinets was once used in a scholars' studio
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Bookcases

Materials

Elm

Chinese Painted Altar Cabinet, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Made of Chinese northern elm, this altar cabinet once contained the essentials for ancestor rituals
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Furniture

Materials

Brass

Chinese Painted Elephant Trunk Table, C. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This fantastic painted trunk from northern China is lavishly decorated from end to end in the
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Early 20th Century Asian Tibetan Blanket Chests

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Brass

Low Chinese Painted Book Cabinet, Ming Dynasty
Located in Chicago, IL
this 19th century book chest. Expertly constructed in China's Shanxi province, the low cabinet
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Antique Mid-17th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

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Wood

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"Retablo No. 4 (Blackbird)" by Patrick Fitzgerald
By Patrick Fitzgerald
Located in Chicago, IL
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Provincial Chinese Splayed Leg Bench with Dovetail Joinery
Located in Chicago, IL
This rustic bench from China's Shanxi province follows the classic recessed-leg form, defined by legs that are set back from the top edge and slightly splayed for stability. Popular ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Rustic Benches

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Pine

Chinese Polychrome Lucky Fish
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved from reclaimed wood, this rustic koi sculpture recreates early 20th-century Chinese folk art designs. The fish is carved with a squat, rounded body and finished with colo...
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20th Century Chinese Rustic Figurative Sculptures

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Wood, Pine

Indigo Blue Reclaimed Elm Waterfall Table
Located in Chicago, IL
This artisan-crafted console table is a celebration of wabi-sabi style. Crafted of elmwood timbers reclaimed from Qing-dynasty architecture, the table has a minimalist waterfall desi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Organic Modern Console Tables

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Elm

Pair of Chinese Blue & White Good Fortune Jars
Located in Chicago, IL
These round, porcelain storage jars are brightly glazed in the classic blue-and-white manner with a striking, high-contrast design. Emphasizing the graphic aesthetic qualities of Chi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Jars

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Porcelain

Chinese Raw Pine Herdsman's Coffer, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Created in the style of Mongolian storage coffers, this early 20th-century herdsman's chest has a modern design of simple lines and rustic texture. Originally configured to open from...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Organic Modern Sideboards

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Pine

Provincial Chinese Splayed Leg Bench with Dovetail Joinery
Located in Chicago, IL
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Rustic Benches

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