This phenomenal ‘white glove’ sale brought a total of over £11 million (US$16.8 million), over 10 times the low estimate. The 26-lot auction showcased an exceptional collection of huanghuali and zitan furniture and demonstrates the continued strength of the Chinese market for high quality pieces that are fresh to the market. The sale was headlined by a large huanghuali solid top altar table which brought £1.8 million (est. £150,000-250,000), followed by £1.5 million for a rare zitan couch bed with marble panels (est. £150,000-250,000).
This carefully selected collection of huanghuali and zitan furniture features high-quality Chinese furniture from the late Ming and Qing dynasty, along with several items for the scholar’s desk. Consisting of twenty-six lots in total, the sale features a marble inlaid bed, beautifully carved altar tables and armchairs, as well as several different styles of cabinets that reveals the Ming and Qing craftsman’s repertoire.