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Notes on Antiques

Notes on Antiques

Chinese Antique Wood Facts

Chinese Antique Furniture has been made from wood that has not been kiln dried and is used to a climate that has a humidity level of 70% on a year round basis. Therefore when moved from a temperate climate with such a consistent high humidity level, the wood, as a natural material, will expand/contract as it adjusts to its new climate. Many pieces have been made with floating panels on tops and doors so as to accommodate this movement. However, it can also occur in other areas of the furniture. Each piece of furniture reacts differently as it "settles in". Although not necessarily the case with every piece, one must expect the development of "character lines" (as we have affectionately come to call them) in any Chinese Antique, to some degree or another. Do note that the occurrence of such does not affect the structural integrity of any of our pieces, but rather becomes a part of its allure.