Restoration

Restoring Antique Chinese Furniture

Choosing Chinese furniture: in light of Chinese New Year, we are shining a light on our Antique Chinese Furniture collection, and restoring these beautiful antique furniture pieces.

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Restoring antique Chinese furniture: and why we love it

Although some of the pieces we source are handpicked reproductions of original designs, many of the furniture pieces we find are restored antiques. The design, materials and craftsmanship all reflect the culture and aesthetics of their era. For antique Chinese furniture holds a timeless allure, reflecting the rich history, craftsmanship, and cultural heritage of China. Each piece tells a story, adorned with intricate carvings, delicate joinery, and exquisite details. 

The Artisans

We are in awe of the artisans working on the restoration process. They ensure that the finished piece remains true to its original form, whilst caring for any damage or wear. Time can take its toll, leaving these treasures in need of careful restoration to preserve their beauty for future generations. Here we explore the techniques, challenges and rewards of this delicate art form.

The Techniques and Tools

Restoring antique Chinese furniture requires a combination of traditional techniques and modern tools. Skilled craftsmen use methods such as hand carving, wood turning, and joinery to repair damaged components and recreate missing elements. However, the true artistry lies in the hands of the restorer. They must possess a deep understanding of traditional techniques and materials to breathe new life into these cherished artefacts. It is a way to honour the skill and artistry of the craftsmen who originally created them and ensure that their legacy endures. 

The Finished Piece

Restoring antique Chinese furniture is a labour of love, requiring patience, skill, and a deep appreciation for craftsmanship. From repairing delicate joinery to recreating intricate carvings, each restoration project is a testament to the enduring beauty and cultural significance of these timeless treasures. By preserving these artefacts for future generations, we ensure that the legacy of Chinese craftsmanship continues to inspire and enchant for years to come.

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