Chinese furniture has a long history dating as far back as 1500 BC. Artwork from this period often denotes woven mats with arm-rests of intricate and elegant designs. Pictures of Buddha often show him sat upon a plinth of raised mats. By the time of the Tang dynasty furniture was becoming more sophisticated with roll back chairs and platform beds entering the homes of the wealthy. By the time of the Ming and Qing dynasties furniture was becoming increasingly evident in all homes. One way in choosing the best antique Chinese furniture is to educate yourself thoroughly on the distinguishing characteristics of such furniture, as well as the history of each piece and the era in which a particular piece is likely to have been made. This will help you distinguish antique Chinese furniture from reproductions and copies that may look authentic but are cheaper copies made from inferior materials and processes.
The next step in choosing the best antique Chinese furniture is to research reputable antique dealers in your area who can acquire the items you are considering purchasing. Then, a piece that is not in good condition should not automatically be discounted. The refurbishing costs may be significant, but you may be able to purchase the piece initially at a much lower price. Take note of the work the piece will need, and consider the costs associated with such repairs. In fact, with antique Chinese furniture gaining more worldly attention and international status to its high quality and worth, prices of a true piece can command up to as much as one is willing to pay.