Large amounts of Taiwanese antique furniture would have been lost had it not been for the foresight of Liu Bang-xian. When Taiwan was being extensively rebuilt in the 1970s, many old buildings were demolished to make way for new building programmes. Lui, who was working as a cement worker during that time, saw many examples of beautiful antique furniture discarded along with other architectural debris, the old being replaced with new. He decided to claim these beautiful old pieces of furniture as salvage and take them home.
As his collection grew, Lui branched into the antiques business and through trading, his knowledge expanded. He would travel throughout Taiwan collecting anything that took his eye. Lui had also stored some of his growing antique collection in his wife’s restaurant when the family house ran out of space and pieces were put on display. He also worked with local government and the local temple to provide artefacts for themed public exhibitions.
Lui eventually invested $1.276 million to fulfil his dream of creating a museum for his antiques. The local council said they would assist Lui to create the museum as a cultural facility which would give him access to central funding, plus opportunities to organise cultural activities locally. Lui’s wife used to nag him about his pre-occupation with antiques, but is now quite happy for him to pursue his interest.
Finding and restoring antique furniture can bring good returns on investment at auction and through the trade. When sourcing antique tables in Lancashire, Cumbria and across the country, seek the appraisal of a reputable antiques dealer.
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