It is important to know what you are buying, and when selling, how authentic are your items. Perhaps
many unknowing collectors fall to a trick.

Refinished – the original varnish or patina "skin" has been removed either by sanding or chemicals
usually down to bare wood.
Altered – furniture legs are shortened, chair seats are modernized to be more comfortable, etc.
Embellished – finials are added, inlays are put in, carving added to previous plain areas.
Composites – parts of two or more similar pieces are put together to make one new one. Early hardware
is added to pieces from later dates.
Overly Restored – original finish is completely removed and restoration of missing items is
unnecessarily made. Items like finials are replaced although no one knows what the original really looked
like. Patinas and finishes are faked to make them more attractive.
Poorly Restored – varnish or wax is applied to deteriorating finish. Missing items have been replaced
but are clearly noticeable.
Revival Pieces – designs like Ming, Qing, Republic are revived and carried to extremes never done
Forgeries – spurious dates and names are added as well as various motifs to authentic pieces to make
them more valuable. Furniture is made from period wood from old parts of rotted, broken and damaged

For an additional fee, we will provide a formal condition report for use purchasing or eventual resale.
We are the only Chinese American appraiser of Chinese antique furniture in the Midwest to offer this
valuable service. If you would like us to appraise antique furniture for you, $688 - $888 for the
greater Kansas City area. This can include numerous items.

For out of state clients where a home visit is impractical or those that have, just one or two pieces of
antique furniture, we can often work from photos.
Minimum fee is $188 - $288 per item.

If antiques are not worth appraisal fee, we don't charge appraisal fee.

Chinese Antique Furniture Appraisals
An appraisal is an informed opinion of value (monetary, cultural, historical, etc.).  As with all opinions,
its validity depends on the expertise, experience, and educational background of the person providing it.  

Each month we get quite a few inquires concerning antique furniture manufacturers and furniture
prices. Many of these inquiries are asking for free antique furniture appraisals. Please note that Zhong-
hua and Mei are antique appraisers. Appraisals take time, something that we don't have much to spare,
while some items can be appraised quickly by simply consulting a price guide. Others  require days of
research to arrive at a proper conclusion.

Antique Furniture Prices
Furniture prices vary greatly depending on where you live in the US! Styles that sell quite well in the
Midwest such as golden oak, country, and Victorian don't create much interest in the Atlanta area!

Condition is a also major factor in determining furniture value. Period furniture may be valued
thousands higher when it retains it's original untouched finish. One major scratch or cigarette burn can
lower the value of some furniture by several hundred dollars.

Free Antique Furniture Appraisals
Ok, so what about free furniture appraisals? You have probably heard the saying "you get what you pay
for"? Same goes for the appraisal of furniture and other antiques! Generally speaking someone offering
something for free has a motive. In the case of free appraisals that person may be looking to buy your
item for a fraction of its real value. This is certainly not the case in every instance. However it's best
to be careful and a second opinion is always a good idea!

So where can you find an honest free appraisal? If you are looking to sell your furniture or antiques a
"reputable" auction company "may" offer a free appraisal. However I caution against contacting an
auction house with no intent to sell.

A "recommended" antique dealer or collector might offer their "opinion" concerning the value of your
antiques, furniture or collectibles. In some cases, an antique dealer may not be an appraiser.

Appraisal Value
There is a world of free pricing information on the web. Websites such as this one that offer auction
results are a good source of "market" value.

Price guides are often used as a source for "retail" value. Retail value is the price you might expect to
pay at an antique show or in an antique mall.

Appraisals given for "insurance" purposes generally are based on the cost of replacement. Which may be
quite a bit higher than retail because of the time and effort required to replace the item.

How to appraise your furniture?
Certificate of Appraisal includes the following items.    
Name of Chinese antiques:
Appraisal Value:

DodsWu International Company
Signature: ____________
Date: ____/____/_______

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Antique Appraisals —
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Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Collection due to China Banned Policy

Name: Bench
Circa: A.D.1850 (Late Qing dynasty)
Origin: China
Material: Huanghuali Wood
Dimensions: L75" x D23.5" x H33.5"
Seat length: 72”
Seat height: 20"
Weight: 95 Lbs
Condition: Near perfect
Appraisal value: confidential

This bench is made of rare highly prized Huanghuali hardwood in late Qing dynasty. It is designed in
Guangzhou style, with a comfortable backrest and armrests, moderate proportion and balance. It is
constructed in tenon and mortise and tongue and groove. One-piece board with loveable ghost face
pattern was well selected for the seat by the craftsman. It is appealing to eyes and feels smooth with
hands. Natural patina on the carvings can be seen.

The front apron, backrest and armrests are well carved in bass-relief with traditional auspicious motif
patterns in pairs. The auspicious patterns introduced into this bench present characters of the culture of
Chinese classical arts due to deep influence of Buddhism and Confucianism on Chinese culture through
thousands of years. Two happy magpies sitting on the plum branches symbolize double happiness.
Longevity fruits symbolize longevity. Lotus with lotus seeds symbolizes prosperity.  The flower and bird
motif presents the life philosophy and scholarly taste of the owner and creates an idyllic mood for

The traditional and scientific application of various kinds of tenon and mortise structure, the selection of
wood and fine craftsmanship not only present structural aesthetics, but also secure stability of this bench.
After about 150 years of use, this bench is in near perfect condition.

Considering the antiquity, rarity, high quality, highly prized Huanghuali hardwood, especially such big one-
piece-board seat with the lovable ghost face pattern, elaborate design and traditional and scientific
structure, fine artistic craftsmanship, comfortable function and near perfect condition, this bench
possesses the hallmarks of classic Chinese antique furniture.

Appraiser: Mei Wu


Date: 12/8/2007
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 11:01 AM
Subject: appraisal certificate of Chinese bench.

Mei, I received the appraisal certificate a couple days ago. We are very thankful that we found you on the
web. we are very pleased with the appraisal.I know that I couldn't of found any one around here with your
knowledge. Well actually I couldn't find anyone around here with your knowledge. That’s why I came to
you, so thank you for your professional knowledge and wisdom on the subject,thank you very much, Mei.
Best regards,
Nathan Overby.
Huanghuali Bench
Limited Fine Collection of Ming Qing Dynasty Furniture
Limited Fine Collection of Ming Qing Dynasty Furniture
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