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Rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 9726
Experience:  Antiques dealer for over 10 years specializing in porcelain, glass, art, furniture, coins, watches, sterling silver, pocket watches, and jewelry.
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My friend moved and left me with two hand carved chinese arm

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My friend moved and left me with two hand carved chinese arm chairs. They are very intricately carved, handmade and have a reddish tone to the wood. I would like to sell them but I don't know where to start. Any advice?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Rarewares replied 2 years ago.
This is a reproduction of a Mandarin Chinese master chair made of cypress wood from the late 1700's. These chairs are being made in Shaghai and in Thailand even now and aged to look like antiques. I do think yours were made around 1890-1910. These chairs have a value of $1200.00 each
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Do you have any suggestions about how I should go about selling them?
Expert:  Rarewares replied 2 years ago.
The best thing to do in your case is to contact an antiques auction that also has an online presence ( and/or You can go on either of these websites and do searches by zip code, region so that you could find one nearest to you (pick the largest city near you for best prices at auction) . If you consign, they will take it away for you and handle everything. This will cost a 10-20% commission off of the check that they would send you 14 to 45 days after the auction.