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John and YuQing examine an antique chest and demonstrate how to look for restoration of the doors, drawer, top, and wings ...
#4 in a series of video tutorials from the Chinese Antique Furniture Shop.
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John Rogers: Hi my name is John. YuQing Zhao: Hi I’m YuQing. John Rogers: And we’re here to show you a genuinely old tiny piece of furniture because of heavy usage in China and over the course of the years and because of more adverse indoor weather conditions and we frequently find in this country. Here is often a need for a lot of restoration to the individual pieces of furniture. There are four things that have been stored here and they’re pretty easy for you to find out once you know what to look for. They are the doors, the drawer down to the bottom, and top and this wings right here. YuQing you want to tell us about this? YuQing Zhao: Sure, okay first of all let’s open the doors. I believe these was the doors was open originally and now it open like this so I know this part origin must be at panel and it was cut from here and this foe is originally right here and it was move over here. In this way, why we do that is they can open this arms so they can add the shelves inside and they can maximize of that using of the entire aspects. John Rogers: And you know that because you can see the spot down here where this pinch was originally filled in. YuQing Zhao: These were run to the two spots in the panels so that in this side of course and the other side too. John Rogers: And you can also feel up here with your hands the matching pull that was filled in to the one in the bottom. So that are the great things for you to check out plus to know what’s been done. You want to tell us about the drawer YuQing? YuQing Zhao: Sure, yeah. Let’s open it and this jar me obviously originally this piece is supposed not to have at your down below and now it hasn’t and I think this must be no need to add. They added this because it’s inconvenient to these stuffs from the inside so we have the drawer in there to maximize that using and making more functional as well. John Rogers: And you can tell that by looking at the top of the drawer and you can see the line right along here where the panel originally was and then this drawer add it also there is now where on run on the slides where the drawer gets fold out. YuQing Zhao: And better as you can see was originally I know it was a panel of them. John Rogers: Correct, correct I would tell you, they really do a terrific job on taking all furniture and turning it into something that is very, very useful. There are two more areas that I said for you to talk about the top being one. YuQing talk to us about this top. YuQing Zhao: Sure, okay this top to me this is a piece at least a 100 years old they shouldn’t have a top such flat and smooth filling. John Rogers: Sure. YuQing Zhao: So, must be something done on it. They either plain them to make the top more smooth and flat or what they could do if the top is damaging and they can just replace the top. John Rogers: Replace the panel? YuQing Zhao: The panel and yes the panel not to bring. John Rogers: Okay and you want to talk with us also about what we have done on the sides here. YuQing Zhao: Okay the side that we’re talking about the A print, we called that A print they are wings. This wing looks small to me and down below I saw some further marks which giving me a hint that this wing was originally bigger. Why they cut that off, one thing is they think it’s better with the simple look or this been was damage a lot on either side or both sides. So they can make a smaller now and make it simple looking to that. John Rogers: Cheaper than trying to repair the whole thing. So thanks team these are some things that you can look for when you’re checking out a nice old piece of Chinese binocular furniture, that this furniture that we’ve use by just everyday folks like us. Thanks again. YuQing Zhao: Thank you.