Each piece of
antique furniture has unique attributes in terms
of wood choice and the artistic talents of the
carpenter as well as his fluency of skill and
In days gone by, the
carpenter was constrained by the rules and
convention dictated in the "lu ban jin" (the
classic manual for carpentry, as well as
architecture) but at the same time was able to
"create" something unique.
Therefore, Chinese antique
furniture should be judged by the workmanship
involved in its origin creation, and in its
design, rather than solely by type of wood.