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Dongtai antique market Shanghai

Shanghai days and Sichuan spice

First stop on my latest sourcing trip has been Shanghai, and it has been a good couple of days. I met up with Anita, our assitant from the workshop here, yesterday morning and headed off to a couple of the...

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Shaanxi Carved Table

Getting ready for our new container of antiques

Our latest container of Chinese antique furniture from Beijing sails into port this evening so all being well we will get our hands on the contents around the middle of next week, when it arrives at our warehouse. In this case almost...

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Detail from Chinese antique armoire

A wonderful old Shanxi armoire

My last post talked about my visit to one of the areas in Beijing where you can view and selected unrestored antique Chinese furniture, with hundreds of pieces from different regions stacked up in warehouses. There were two vast warehouses specialising...

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Mongolian Painted Trunk

Busy at the market, marvels from Mongolia

I left Shanghai in the pouring rain and arrived to clear blue skies in Beijing on Saturday. It’s been a busy couple of days, with Sunday spent at the main Beijing market picking up some smaller pieces – mostly to...

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Shanghai restaurants

Chinese furniture, food and feet

I’m writing this at the airport after a couple of busy days in Shanghai and having just about got the better of some serious jet lag. It has been a productive time so far, with a day spent touring around...

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Bronze Chinese Horse

Getting ready for another sourcing trip to China

It’s been longer than I would have liked since my last visit, but I’m flying out again to China in ten days or so to meet up with suppliers and to source more beautiful antiques and accessories. First stop this...

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