A Hangzhou senior donates a set of antique furniture, which is regarded as his family's heirlooms, to the Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum on April 26. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
Shen Qifan, a 91-year-old resident of Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, donated a set of wooden furniture that can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to the Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum on April 26.
Shen said that the wooden furniture was made by his grandfather and that they were presented as gifts to his parents when they were married.
Shen's grandfather, Shen Maowei, was born in Lishe town, Ningbo in 1866. Shen Maowei came to Hangzhou when he was 19 and founded a workshop for making wooden objects.
During his career that lasted over four decades, Shen Maowei built many houses, some of which still exist today.
Shen Qifan said that the furniture was purely handmade and made without any nails.
"Now, we are going to sell our old house. I think the best way to preserve these relics is to put them in a museum, enabling more visitors to admire them," said Shen Qifan.
Over the past decade since the Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum was established, organizations, companies, as well as individuals have donated more than 3,000 relics to the museum.
The antique furniture which dates back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is pictured. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
Pictures are carved on the antique furniture. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]