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Guide to Chinese Antique Furniture
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be described as everything that has happened
to the surface layer of the wood and, if one
is serious about antiques, the patina should
never be ‘glossed over’ or worse still,
sand-papered away. One should be able to see
the age of the piece, in the surface layer,
and in addition one should be able to see the
wood, and to be able to examine all surfaces
and joints with ease.

The craftsmen employed at Oi Ling Antiques’
workshop use genuine Chinese lacquer, made
from a plant extract, even though it costs
ten times as much as inferior chemical
lacquers. Natural lacquer is visibly more
beautiful and offers superior protection for
the wood, making each piece waterproof and,
to a certain extent, heat resistant.

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