How to choose antique furniture

Antique furniture generally refers to the value with a collection of old furniture, mainly referring to the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty inter-produced furniture, this period of traditional Chinese furniture production is the pinnacle of the era. During this period the birth of the furniture, already has a heritage value, and because of scarcity of raw materials, from the civil to the old furniture to buy less and less, one less thing to sell, so the old furniture is not only up down.


Than a result of furniture or handicraft ceramic, it is from the inscribed date, material, or sites of origin information can be set off to do analysis. Identify an antique furniture, furniture, often from the material, design, craft, integrity, rarity, and many other aspects of study to determine, by merely one factor to independently judge whether it was the Ming and Qing dynasty furniture furniture is unscientific. One look material. The history of different periods and regions, as a result of political, economic and lifestyle, aesthetic taste and objective location, be able person factors such as the ease of different, often using different wood furniture production. Ming and Qing furniture in the timber has a distinct characteristics of the times.


 Timber used in Ming and Qing furniture, it has universal application of the chicken wing wood, ebony, Mesua ferrea, pear, red sandalwood and other high-quality timber. Among them, the use of pear in the Ming-style furniture to be the most common. Handed down today to see huanghuali furniture, the Ming-style furniture a majority. Rosewood was classified as the most valuable timber, from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty has been used in the early stage of later, around the Rosewood have been deforested, red sandalwood seedlings also hard to become useful, it is not possible then the production of red sandalwood furniture of wood. Therefore, the main popular Rosewood Furniture Ming and After the mid-Qing Dynasty, due to high-quality source of the increasing scarcity of wood, a Southeast Asia regional imports from the new varieties - Redwood begun to emerge. Rosewood furniture in China, the ancient timber appeared in the latest, from the furniture handed down, as well as archival records, the Qianlong ago is absolutely impossible to have mahogany furniture (Guangzhou office furniture), Redwood is in the red sandalwood, rosewood basically sold out after, as alternatives emerged.


Mahogany furniture, mass production, approximately in the Qing dynasty, the rise of national capitalism, commercial prosperity, the entry of Western culture, so that rosewood furniture as a fashion, by the kings and nobles, dignitaries, rich families of all ages. The production of mahogany furniture from the late Qing Dynasty until today and become a model of the Qing Dynasty furniture. However, there is one, handed down from a large number of beech, elm, nanmu, boxwood furniture, it is widely used in the Ming and Qing dynasties were the material.


Second look modeling. Generally speaking, the Ming-style furniture to fine but not , simple and not vulgar, not stagnate solid good, it unique aesthetic personality and distinctive art forms is also reflected in the decoration patterns on. Ming-style furniture, decoration material, such as pine, bamboo, plum, orchid, pomegranates, Ganoderma lucidum, lotus and other plant material; rocks, water, , pavilion see more topics, such as scenery, and a large number of auspicious meaning with the use of the Motif , such as FANG Sheng, plates long, of thousands of words, wishful, cloud head, Turtle Cove, colt, a series of such patterns. Compared with the Qing Dynasty furniture, Ming furniture ornamentation meaning most subjects compared quite “Mingyue Qingquan”, “Spring Snow”, like the charm Gao Wen Ru, but also an increase of Ming-style furniture and elegant temperament. Qing-style furniture with carved painted gorgeous gorgeous eyeful good, the decoration pattern accordingly embodies this aesthetic style. Three watch technology. Qing-style furniture can be described as “icing on the cake.” Ming-style furniture with attention to “build the United States,” compared to the Qing Dynasty artisans to focus more on man-made “beauty工巧” instead of great importance to the natural texture of materials, so in the Qing Dynasty furniture rarely seen the kind of large for Su, do not matter the case of decoration. Fourth, the integrity of look. Pure antique furniture, at least 80% more than the integrity can be known as the antique; if repair exceeds 20%, it is necessary to be regarded as the antique. Commonly known as “the original head” of the Ming and Qing furniture, high values, although there has some damage, such as tables and chairs of , cabinet wood, such as copper, but as long as the structure is damaged, parts are not lost, can recover by repairing furniture not lost value. However, if a furniture 1 / 2 after the above parts are assigned, then the value of these pieces of furniture on the greatly reduced. In addition, through the nose sniffing is a way to distinguish the old furniture. Imitation of new furniture has the pungent, and old furniture is not only a stuffy room in the old residential flavor of Chan, or faint musty. If it is high-quality timber, but also exudes a unique fragrance. Five rare look. Rare species are generally more valuable, such as large-size case and the position of painting handed down the volume of very few naturally very valuable. There is also a furniture is the same species have markedly different products, such as the Ming Dynasty mandarin the same chair, there has been a different shape other mandarin chairs but also the exquisite workmanship, it is kind of different goods, while precious. Antique furniture identification, if the fragmented aspects of the above, where one aspect alone to identify may be being unfair.