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John Rogers: Hi, I'm John.

Yuqing Zhao: I'm Yuqing.

John Rogers: And we're here once again in our continuing series on Chinese antique furniture which you can find at our Web site at We have really been gratified by the number of questions we've received and the number of serious, thoughtful questions we've received over the course of the last few months. We're going to spend this video talking about one of the ones that really summarizes many different questions all together in one and that is, and I'm going to ask Yuqing this question, what is your restoration philosophy for Chinese antique furniture?

Yuqing Zhao: Okay, for us, we divide the buyers into two groups. The first group is the buyers who buy antique pieces without refinishing them. And the second group is the buyers who buy them and refinish them. We're focusing on the second group because we think that that group is bigger, that takes about 80% of the buyers who buy antiques.

And we think and we've found these buyers want to buy them and use them. and without refinishing them you cannot use them at all because Chinese furniture during the past 100 years or at least 50 years, they were damaged and the legs broken and drawers broken and parts missing, surface wobbling. You see a lot of damaged parts and you have to do something to make it functional.

John Rogers: So what you're really saying is, if I understand correctly, is that you are creating a restoration that enables furniture to fit into houses that have antiques as well as houses that have modern furniture.

Yuqing Zhao: That's right we are kind of market driven. If people don't buy, we can't sell and we don't make money at all. And so we have to focus on the people who buy it and use it and these are 80% of the buyers.

John Rogers: And the other point I thought you made very eloquently was that in point of fact rather than seeing the furniture just thrown out and destroyed it is better to restore, it is better to use that than it is to simply send it off to the dump. And the conditions under which this furniture have been used and preserved over the course of the years, certainly have been less than ideal from the perspective of preserving it.

Yuqing Zhao: Yeah, I think that's true especially for Chinese furniture.

John Rogers: Thanks again for watching. We really do appreciate all your interest, all your questions. Again, please check us out at and please be sure to sign up for our newsletter so that you can be alerted when we release additional videos.

Yuqing Zhao: Thank you.