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Chinese Furniture: A Guide to Buying Antiques

Karen Mazurkewich A. Chester Ong



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Tuttle Publishing
19 September 2019
Forgery, falsification & theft of artworks; Antique furniture & furniture collecting
The international market for antique Chinese furniture is booming, and masterpieces from the Ming and Qing dynasties are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chinese Furniture is a survey of these collectibles-from the very best hardwood pieces featured to standard softwood specimens still available on the Asian market. This antique furniture book presents an overview of carving styles, wood types, regional variations, class distinctions and restoration techniques. It includes detailed chapters on various types of wooden furniture cover chairs, stools and benches, tables and desks, beds, cabinets and bookshelves, doors and screens and household accessories. With this renewed interest in antique furniture, a forgery market has emerged. Thousands of factories in southern China are churning out brand new or refurbished furniture and passing them off as Chinese antiques. Chinese Furniture unearths these forgeries and serves as an indispensable reference guide for collectors of antique wood furniture.
By:   Karen Mazurkewich, A. Chester Ong
Imprint:   Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 216mm, 
Weight:   1.388kg
ISBN:   9780804849708
ISBN 10:   0804849706
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   19 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Karen Mazurkewich is an Asian Wall Street Journal reporter who has covered Asian culture and the retail scene for three years from her base in Hong Kong. Mazurkewich has investigated art forgery, interviewed countless collectors, grilled innovative businessmen, and queried tradesmen all in a quest to better understand the antiques and manufacturing in Asia. A.Chester Ong, born in the Philippines and currently based in Hong Kong, has photographed widely throughout Asia. His photography appears in magazines, exhibitions, as well as books. Among recent books featuring his photography are Tropical Living: Contemporary Dream Houses in the Philippines, China Modern, and Chinese Houses.

Reviews for Chinese Furniture: A Guide to Buying Antiques

- [Chinese Furniture] shows authentic classics from beds to household accessories, with advice on how pieces were constructed. There is a section on fakes, but identification and knowing authentic ancient to modern looks is the point of this book.- --The Smart Collector

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