New girl says "hi," tries to restore treasure
I've just been given a large Vietnamese altar cabinet, and want to restore it in as authentic a manner as is feasible. It came from a minor temple in Ninh Binh, now razed. The last few years it's been sitting out in a garden.
Looked at the sticky and have requested a couple books from the library, but have no idea how to even start this. The lacquer on top is completely alligatored ... no hope of salvaging it. The body seems to be structurally OK. (The cabinet's in 3 parts, top, main and base.)
Will post some pics over the weekend but in the meantime, any advice on how to id Asian woods, etc or resources on Asian antiques would be much appreciated. Thanks for any pointers and suggestions!