Furniture historian Christopher Payne poses next to a unique secretaire abattant, made as an exact copy of one in the Wallace Collection of art and antiques on display in London.

Advice for Chinese antique buyers from man who wrote ‘the bible’ on European furniture

It’s a great time to buy 19th century pieces, but do your homework and don’t overpay or bargain too hard, says Christopher Payne, formerly of Sotheby’s, whose own passion for Chinese furniture often brings him to China

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Furniture historian Christopher Payne poses next to a unique secretaire abattant, made as an exact copy of one in the Wallace Collection of art and antiques on display in London.
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