I will break this list down into three categories and discuss each in a three part post.
- Collectors level: These are often investment worthy classical style pieces which are good materials (such as rosewood), valued in collectors terms and will appreciate in value. Collectors and those with taste for quality should put their money here. This is a tricky category as Westerners and Chinese value things in different terms (see note below).
- Quality antiques: In general these are pieces that may be provincial but good value for the money. Either the condition is quite good (such as original paintings), it has a fair amount of age to it or its difficult to now find a similar piece at a reasonable price. Note that these pieces are getting harder and harder to find and will increase in value as well. And this is a difficult category as some pieces here may be a worthwhile investment, even if they don’t fit the strict definition for investment level.
- Decorative items: Pieces which may not be significantly worth money but nevertheless charming and have good aesthetic or design value.