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16th February 2007
Guide to Chinese Antique Furniture
Key factors when evaluating furniture:
pedigree, type of wood, age and degree of

When identifying a good piece of antique
furniture Oi Ling Chiang, one of three
siblings of the Chiang Family - proprietors
of Oi Ling Antiques – first considers
whether it is a worthwhile piece in terms of
the overall aesthetic. This means the
proportion, the overall style and whether or
not the piece has a good ‘pedigree’. An
antique piece from a farmer’s dwelling, for
example, will be judged by different
standards: here we expect to find durability,
functionality and a ‘country’ aesthetic.
The most exquisite pieces of Chinese
furniture, by contrast, belong in the
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