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there are no short cuts to helping anyone
understand the subtle nuances. It takes time.
Not everyone can immediately acquire ‘the
eyes’ and the knowledge and wisdom to
detect fakes.

Two essential characteristics in the
understanding of Chinese antique furniture
are patina and proportion. Patina is the
texture and surface on wood that develops
over years of use and handling and exposure
to the elements in the air. These
properties, facilitated by moisture in the
air, given time, slowly work on the wood
surface. After centuries, given the
additional interaction with humans, the
surface of the wood is transformed and
becomes softer (compared to its original
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