It is reported that an old carved English bookshelf was sold for a high price of 10,000 pounds in Beijing not long ago, and its owner paid only 980 pounds at the London auction house. Another mahogany tapestry screen that shields the fire from the fireplace, which was only worth £40 in the UK, sold for £600 in Beijing.
According to the person in charge of a well-known home furnishing store in Beijing, the British furniture that is in demand is not all antiques, but more second-hand furniture. If it is antique, the price may be higher. But as far as the furniture itself is concerned, such a high price makes second-hand furniture a "pseudo-luxury". He also revealed that since the Da Vinci incident last year, the "decline" of European-style furniture has not been too long. Among the new furniture that has been launched recently, most of the European-style furniture is produced in China, and few are really imported from abroad.
According to another source, old furniture from the United Kingdom and other places has flowed into the Chinese market as antiques. Although there are not many practitioners, the profits are considerable. The resellers often only transport old furniture from the United Kingdom to China, and they can get several times or even dozens of times when they change hands. profit. Whether these old furniture are real antique furniture or second-hand furniture, it is difficult for a layman to judge at a glance.