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John Rogers: Hi I'm John from And I'm here today to talk about buffets. First question, what's the difference between a buffet and a chest? Well my thought is that a buffet tends to be much longer and it tends to be a place that's replete with storage also with the opportunity to use the top as a serving station or for anything else you might want to put on top of it. This buffet really is very long. it has five drawers on the top over three sets of doors.

This buffet is one of my personal favorites. I like it because of the wonderful figure in the elm wood that has been used and also because of the beautiful carvings in the panels. This buffet has also been modified so that it's easier to get in down below. Let me show you what the modifications are. The door originally ended right here. So it meant if someone wants to store something they had to reach behind because this was a fixed panel.

But this has been modified so that it opens thereby enabling somebody to reach to the back. These kinds of accommodations are very frequently found in Chinese countryside furniture just to adapt them to more modern use. This buffet does not have any drawers. It is smaller in size than the other two you have seen thus far and has restored, very vivid painting. In the next buffet I will show you one where the paint has not been restored. This buffet, again one without drawers, shows the original paint, very, very faded but you can see it on each one of the doors. Again, in this buffet the doors have been modified.

This was a panel originally now turned into a door to more easily access the inside of the buffet towards the end. This is another buffet with original painting. It isn't anywhere near as faded as one of the other ones I showed you. Again, the doors have been modified as I showed you before but interestingly enough no drawers have been made from the bottom panels.

Frequently drawers have been made of those panels just to add to the storage space in the buffet. And you have seen in this video buffets that are relatively simple. You have seen buffets that are relatively more ornate. You have seen buffets that have been refinished. And you have seen buffets with paint both restored and original. I hope you have enjoyed watching it. Please go to our Web site at, sign up for our newsletter so that we may alert you of future videos and of updates to our site. Thanks very much.