Chinese Antique Restoration and Refinishing

[music]>>>John: Hi, I’m John.>>>Yuqing: I’m Yuqing.>>>John: And we’re here once again in our
continuing series on Chinese antique furniture which you can find at our Web site at
We have really been gratified by the number of questions we’ve received and the number
of serious, thoughtful questions we’ve received over the course of the last few months. We’re
going to spend this video talking about one of the ones that really summarizes many different
questions all together in one and that is, and I’m going to ask Yuqing this question,
what is your restoration philosophy for Chinese antique furniture?>>>Yuqing: Okay, for us, we divide the buyers
into two groups. The first group is the buyers who buy antique pieces without refinishing
them. And the second group is the buyers who buy them and refinish them. We’re focusing
on the second group because we think that that group is bigger, that takes about 80%
of the buyers who buy antiques. And we think and we’ve found these buyers
want to buy them and use them. and without refinishing them you cannot use them at all
because Chinese furniture during the past 100 years or at least 50 years, they were
damaged and the legs broken and drawers broken and parts missing, surface wobbling. You see
a lot of damaged parts and you have to do something to make it functional.>>>John: So what you’re really saying is,
if I understand correctly, is that you are creating a restoration that enables furniture
to fit into houses that have antiques as well as houses that have modern furniture.>>>Yuqing: That’s right we are kind of market
driven. If people don’t buy, we can’t sell and we don’t make money at all. And so we
have to focus on the people who buy it and use it and these are 80% of the buyers.>>>John: And the other point I thought you
made very eloquently was that in point of fact rather than seeing the furniture just
thrown out and destroyed it is better to restore, it is better to use that than it is to simply
send it off to the dump. And the conditions under which this furniture have been used
and preserved over the course of the years, certainly have been less than ideal from the
perspective of preserving it.>>>Yuqing: Yeah, I think that’s true especially
for Chinese furniture.>>>John: Thanks again for watching. We really
do appreciate all your interest, all your questions. Again, please check us out at
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additional videos.>>>Yuqing: Thank you.

3 Replies to “Chinese Antique Restoration and Refinishing”

  1. Hi David,

    I have a pair of 18th century horseshoe chairs that need some restoration. Do you know of any top specialist in fine Chinese furniture?


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