Chinese Furniture

In addition to being unique in style, Chinese furniture has been praised for its strong, durable structure and elegant lines. As a representative of the oriental arts, Chinese furniture ranges from simple pieces that display natural wood textures to magnificent pieces adorned with lavish carvings, lacquer, or precious stones and metals. A classic piece embodies the artistry and craftsmanship of the finest traditional Chinese furniture. As with Asian works of art, antique Chinese furniture is often crafted from rare, exotic, and even extinct woods that reflect a natural design aesthetic. There is a wide variety of Chinese furniture styles, from elaborately carved pieces to simple and rustic pieces almost bare of ornamentation. 

Chinese antique furniture holds the lead in the world's antique furniture market. The refined production process, elegantly simple design, graceful sculpting, mortise-and-tenon structure, and smooth lines contribute to its enduring artistic charm. Antique Chinese furniture has a high appreciation value in auction houses such as Bidsquare due to its elaborate structure, skillful lacquer pattern, and multi-functional design. The value and desirability of antiques depend on their age, rarity, condition, and provenance. 

Chinese classical furniture generally refers to a range of pieces made between the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 20th century during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It includes all types of furnishings used in the home, such as chairs, stools, tables, cabinets, and bed frames, among others. Many pieces of furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties were handcrafted from padauk, rosewood, and other hardwoods. Collectors enjoy pieces made of rosewood and bamboo manufactured at the turn of the century. Several rare kinds of wood are incredibly scarce and therefore extremely sought after, such as Huanghuali used during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Huanghuali is a characteristically grained and sweet-scented member of the rosewood family, and it was often used for chairs, tables, and other decorative objects.  In the worldwide furniture market, it is considered the most valuable wood. In Chinese furniture, the pieces are generally held together through a complex network of joints rather than adhesives or nails.

A few exemplary collections can be found worldwide, including those at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bidsquare offers a selection of the finest Classical Chinese furniture for sale at online auction that dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Quick Facts about Chinese Furniture

  • Chinese furniture is usually symmetrical, regardless of its style or layout. It implies balance and stability with a sense of harmony, unity, and seriousness. 
  • Ancient Chinese philosophies are also reflected in Chinese furniture. As in Daoism, yin and yang are in equilibrium, while tenons (yang) and mortises (yin) are complementary and integrated into tenon-mortise connections.
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  • Chinese Enamel Jewelry Box
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    $600 - $600

    Chinese Enamel Jewelry Box

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    $600 - $600
    0 Bids
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    $400
  • Chinese Oriental Geisha Style Makeup Organizer Toilet Box
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    $250 - $250

    Chinese Oriental Geisha Style Makeup Organizer Toilet B...

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    $250 - $250
    0 Bids
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    $100
  • Chinese carved cabinet
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    $300 - $500

    Chinese carved cabinet

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    $300 - $500
    Pook & Pook Inc
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $150
  • Two Chinese Celadon Porcelain Lamps
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    $300 - $500

    Two Chinese Celadon Porcelain Lamps

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    $300 - $500
    Locati LLC
    0 Bids
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    $150
  • Three Chinese Carved Rosewood Pedestal Stands
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    $300 - $400

    Three Chinese Carved Rosewood Pedestal Stands

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    $300 - $400
    Locati LLC
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    $150
  • Chinese Gilt Bronze and Cloisonne Enamel Vase Table Lamp
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    $200 - $300

    Chinese Gilt Bronze and Cloisonne Enamel Vase Table Lam...

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    $200 - $300
    Locati LLC
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    $100
  • A Pair of Chinese Porcelain Lamps
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    $300 - $600

    A Pair of Chinese Porcelain Lamps

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    $300 - $600
    Locati LLC
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    $150
  • A Pair of Chinese Porcelain Oxblood Glazed Lamps
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    $500 - $800

    A Pair of Chinese Porcelain Oxblood Glazed Lamps

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    $500 - $800
    Locati LLC
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    $250
  • Chinese Small Black Lacquer Folded Divider Screen
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    $10 - $200

    Chinese Small Black Lacquer Folded Divider Screen

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    $10 - $200
    Lion and Unicorn
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    $10
  • Chinese Export Camphorwood Brass Bound Campaign Desk, 19th Century
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    $2,200 - $3,000

    Chinese Export Camphorwood Brass Bound Campaign Desk, 1...

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    $2,200 - $3,000
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $2,000
  • A Set Of Ten Chinese Gilt Lacquer Chairs
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    $4,000 - $8,000

    A Set Of Ten Chinese Gilt Lacquer Chairs

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    $4,000 - $8,000
    Five Star Auctions
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    $2,500
  • 19th Century Chinese Gilt Lacquer Sewing Table
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    $10,000 - $30,000

    19th Century Chinese Gilt Lacquer Sewing Table

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    $10,000 - $30,000
    Five Star Auctions
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    $6,000
  • Pair of Chinese Elm Wood Chairs
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    $100 - $300

    Pair of Chinese Elm Wood Chairs

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    $100 - $300
    Brunk Auctions
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    $50
  • Antique Chinese 2-Door Wedding Cabinet
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    $400 - $450

    Antique Chinese 2-Door Wedding Cabinet

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    $400 - $450
    Case Auctions
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $200
  • Chinese Elm Altar Table, Qing Dynasty
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    $300 - $500

    Chinese Elm Altar Table, Qing Dynasty

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    $300 - $500
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $300
  • Antique Chinese Export Brass Bound Camphorwood Trunk, 19th Century
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    $600 - $800

    Antique Chinese Export Brass Bound Camphorwood Trunk, 1...

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    $600 - $800
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $300
  • Pair of Antique Chinese Red Lacquered Elmwood Armchairs
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    $500 - $700

    Pair of Antique Chinese Red Lacquered Elmwood Armchairs...

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    $500 - $700
    Rafael Osona Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $200
  • CHINESE CARVED ELM ALTAR-FORM CONSOLE CABINET
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    $150 - $250

    CHINESE CARVED ELM ALTAR-FORM CONSOLE CABINET

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    $150 - $250
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
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    $100
  • (3) CHINESE PARCEL GILT-DECORATED RED-LACQUERED TRUNKS
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    $300 - $500

    (3) CHINESE PARCEL GILT-DECORATED RED-LACQUERED TRUNKS

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    $300 - $500
    Austin Auction Gallery
    0 Bids
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    $200
  • Chinese Red Lacquer Multi Compartment Organizer Box, 19th Century
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    $150 - $250

    Chinese Red Lacquer Multi Compartment Organizer Box, 19...

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    $150 - $250
    Rafael Osona Auctions
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Antique Chinese Export Carved Camphorwood Box
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    $300 - $400

    Antique Chinese Export Carved Camphorwood Box

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    $300 - $400
    Rafael Osona Auctions
    0 Bids
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    $150
  • Pair of Octagonal Chinese Wood Brass Bound Side Table Hat Boxes
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    $400 - $600

    Pair of Octagonal Chinese Wood Brass Bound Side Table H...

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    $400 - $600
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $300
  • Antique Chinese Chest
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    $100 - $300

    Antique Chinese Chest

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    $100 - $300
  • Antique Chinese Chest
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    $50 - $250

    Antique Chinese Chest

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    $50 - $250
  • Large Modern Chinese Box
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    $100 - $200

    Large Modern Chinese Box

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    $100 - $200
  • Antique Chinese Mirror Box
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    $100 - $200

    Antique Chinese Mirror Box

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  • Vintage Chinese Jewelry Box
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    $50 - $150

    Vintage Chinese Jewelry Box

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    $50 - $150
  • Antique Chinese Carved Bench
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    $100 - $200

    Antique Chinese Carved Bench

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    $100 - $200
  • Antique Chinese Rice Box
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    $100 - $300

    Antique Chinese Rice Box

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    $100 - $300
  • Vintage Chinese Hardwood Display Stand
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    $100 - $200

    Vintage Chinese Hardwood Display Stand

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    $100 - $200
  • Antique Chinese Low Wooden Chest.
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    $100 - $300

    Antique Chinese Low Wooden Chest.

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    $100 - $300
  • Antique Carved Chinese Painted Wood Bench
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    $50 - $100

    Antique Carved Chinese Painted Wood Bench

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    $50 - $100
  • Antique Chinese Box w/ Jade Mounted Lid
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    $200 - $600

    Antique Chinese Box w/ Jade Mounted Lid

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    $200 - $600
  • 18/19C Chinese Black Lacquer MOP Table
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    $500 - $900

    18/19C Chinese Black Lacquer MOP Table

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    $500 - $900
  • Chinese Red Painted Side Table
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    $300 - $500

    Chinese Red Painted Side Table

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    $300 - $500
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    $400
  • Set of Chinese Lounge Furniture
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    $200 - $300

    Set of Chinese Lounge Furniture

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    $200 - $300
  • Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly
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    $600 - $800

    Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly

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    $600 - $800
  • Set of Chinese Lounge Furniture
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    $250 - $350

    Set of Chinese Lounge Furniture

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    $250 - $350
  • Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly
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    $600 - $800

    Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly

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    $600 - $800
  • Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly
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    $500 - $700

    Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly

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    $500 - $700
  • Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly
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    $600 - $800

    Antique Chinese Furniture Assembly

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    $600 - $800
  • CONNOISSEURSHIP OF CHINESE FURNITURE 2 VOLS
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    $100 - $200

    CONNOISSEURSHIP OF CHINESE FURNITURE 2 VOLS

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    $100 - $200
  • Antique Chinese Models of Furniture
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    $300 - $600

    Antique Chinese Models of Furniture

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    $300 - $600
  • Three Piece Lot of Rosewood Chinese Furniture
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    $600 - $1,000

    Three Piece Lot of Rosewood Chinese Furniture

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    $600 - $1,000
  • A Chinese carved marble suite of outdoor furniture
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    $500 - $1,000

    A Chinese carved marble suite of outdoor furniture

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    $500 - $1,000
  • A Set of 6 Chinese Hardwood Furniture (Tables & Chairs)
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    $18,000 - $1,000

    A Set of 6 Chinese Hardwood Furniture (Tables & Chairs)...

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    $18,000 - $1,000
  • (2 Pc) Chinese Miniature Furniture Grouping
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    $20 - $200

    (2 Pc) Chinese Miniature Furniture Grouping

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    $20 - $200