Store owners embrace traditions of Chinese art

Passion for Asian art led to partnership

UNIQUE—Will Merrill, owner of Asian Furnishings in Westlake Village, displays a warehouse full of Chinese art recently acquired by his business partner, Michelle Lou.

Becoming an Asian art dealer wasn’t always the plan for Agoura resident Will Merrill.

A tree trimmer by trade, Merrill developed an interest in ancient Chinese art about three years ago when he attended a party hosted by Michelle Lou, a local dealer who buys and sells Asian antiques, collectibles and reproductions.

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