Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Chinese Treasures

I know the Ark is in here somewhere...

Indiana Jones, eat your heart out. Almost.

Earlier in the week I wrote about going to Toronto. But I didn't say why. It's not a secret, but my blog got sidetracked by the O.P.P. As RainyPete pointed out, traffic to Toronto is a nightmare on the best days, so unfortunately, taking the DeLorean would've been a mistake.

The truth is, sticking with the Chinese theme, Suz and I were hunting for Chinese Furniture. And boy did we hit the jackpot.

After searching for 'Chinese Dynasty' at 183 Spadina, an address that does not exist, we found Kuda. We were blown away by the number of pieces this warehouse/showroom had. And they were phenomenal! Some of the pieces were newly made while others were new but made to resemble antique chinese pieces. But the real treasures were the actual antiques: sideboards, tables, dressers, chairs, etc.

110-year old Chinese buffetWe were looking for something like this 1890 Shanxi buffet table to go with our oriental-style chandelier. Read about the chandelier here.

This buffet was too red, so a fellow named Adam took us into the warehouse, which instantly reminded me of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Crates and carefully wrapped antiques were piled high to the ceiling, just like the end of the movie, when the Ark was being stored. You had to step sideways to get through many of the narrow passageways, to find treasures that had not been seen by the public.

This is where we found the perfect sideboard, hidden away, down a dark passageway, almost grey with dust. Wiping it away revealed the gleaming dark wood, which has battled Father Time for 120 years.

We pick it up tomorrow!

If you're interested in Chinese or Indonesian-style furniture, antiques or reproduction, you must visit Kuda Furniture.

7 Comments:

Blogger Rainypete said...

I'm envious to be sure. The clsoest thing to imported furniture that I can afford is Ikea. Although, it falls apart so easilty that it wouldn't take too long for surviving pieces to become colelctible.

11:21:00 AM

 
Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

Oh that is just sweet as pie!! Beautiful too I am jealous...lol

I love chinese antiques love it, love it, love it..

:~)

4:33:00 PM

 
Blogger Javier said...

Chinese Antiques Are A Treasure.

6:31:00 PM

 
Blogger ms. creek said...

cool, what a great score, good for you and suz. you are lucky you have a place with such furniture in your driving distance! we just have old rockers out in the barn, lol

9:30:00 AM

 
Blogger Javier said...

Are You Asian?

6:10:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

f xavier - thanks for your comments. No, I'm not Asian, but I love their style of furniture.

1:13:00 PM

 
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