About Us

Anne Lockett, owner & founder of China Collection, is an Australian expatriate who has been living in Singapore for the past 15 years. Her passion for Chinese antique furniture began in the 1980s while living in Hong Kong.

I first visited China in the 1980s and was impressed by traditional Chinese design and craftsmanship. To this day, on my frequent buying trips, I still get excited when I see beautifully crafted antique furniture. However, what truly inspires me is the discovery of an old unfinished piece, often in complete disrepair, and being able to visualize its potential. Working with expert craftsmen, trained in traditional Chinese woodwork, we work to restore the furniture to its past glory. It is truly gratifying for my customers and me when I can share firsthand the amazing journey of their furniture.

-Anne Lockett

Today China Collection remains a family owned and operated business. Anne & her son Doug travel to China six times per year to keep the collection fresh, unique and interesting. They source furniture from multiple regions in China such as Shanxi, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Shandong & Dongbei, relying on an established network of Chinese antique dealers and restoration specialists to bring high quality antique furniture to Singapore.

China Collection’s antique furniture ranges in age anywhere from 80 to 200 years. Our goal is to keep all of the furniture as original as possible, maintaining all of the original finishes, paintwork & construction whenever possible.

In some cases, when practical, pieces will be slightly modified in order to adapt them for modern functionality; 100 year old thatched day beds from Shanxi province are in-laid with timber or rattan tops to become beautiful living room coffee tables, and garment trunks from Gansu and Mongolia which originally open at the top have the front painted panels modified into hinged doors so that they may be used as sideboard cabinets.

In addition to antique items, China Collection has a small range of high quality reclaimed and reproduction furniture that is styled using traditional Chinese design and craftsmanship.

China Collection’s range of home accessories incorporates both antique and reproduction items, everything from 150 year old leather document boxes and 120 year old Qing dynasty blue & white porcelain and modern styled jade table lamps. We also carry a wide assortment of carved stone pieces, perfect for the front door or garden.

We invite you to our two locations to see all of our latest offerings.

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