Poly auction red sandalwood cabinet clinked a deal of 81 million yuan, a new record for Chinese furniture

2022-06-04 0 By

A rare wooden cabinet from China’s royal collection has sold for more than 90 million yuan at an auction in Beijing.The sale set a new record for Chinese furniture.It was another big night at Poly’s.The work started at 28 million yuan and fell for a staggering 81 million yuan, adding up to 93 million yuan with commission.The imposing three-metre-high work is made up of four sections, with beautifully carved dragons and lotus flowers on the door.The reason for the high price is that the cabinet is made of rosewood, a rare dark tropical wood traditionally reserved for emperors.The collection dates back more than 200 years to the Reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty.This period is regarded as the golden age of Chinese civilization and the heyday of the Qing Dynasty.Li Yizhou, manager of poly auction’s antiques department, said: “This is a unique piece of royal furniture.The piece was supposed to sit next to the emperor’s golden throne, probably part of a pair, the other part is unknown.Prices of furniture and other items made from rare woods such as rosewood and yellow pear have soared in China in recent years.Experts estimate that there are fewer than 10,000 huanghua pears left in the world.# Poly Auction ## Red sandalwood ## Ming and Qing Furniture #