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Antiques fair to test the economic climate

ANTIQUE Furniture China 2009, running this weekend at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, will be a barometer of the impact of the global economic turndown on the industry.

The annual fair, which was established in 2002, deals with two themes: Chinese antique furniture of the Ming (1368-1644) or Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, and European antique furniture.

"Whether you are an antique furniture collector or just interested in buying some antique pieces to decorate your home, the fair will offer you a wide range of choices," says Huang Guangnian, the organizer of the fair. "Especially for those who prefer Western antique furniture, they can visit the fair to hunt down what they want without making a long journey to Europe."

Attracting nearly 100 Chinese companies, some are well-known for collecting antique furniture from around the country and some are noted for reproducing antique furniture.

The spotlight will be on a cluster of 28 pieces of furniture, re-produced from the original pieces once belonging to Emperor Qianlong.

In fact, technique and raw materials are critical for a quality reproduction.

Some Qing Dynasty furniture is noted for its intricate and complicated carving skills and demands superb craftsmanship in the copying process.

Due to the sharp rise in the value of high-quality rosewood, the price of good reproductions of antique furniture, is still going to be costly.

Date: May 15-17, 10am-6pm; May 18, 10am-4pm

Venue: Shanghai Exhibition Center, 1,000 Yan'an Rd M.

Admission: Free


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