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Antique Huanghuali Wood Chinese Emperor's Throne Chair

Antique Huanghuali Wood Chinese Emperor's Throne Chair

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1900: Item # 1234165

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Description: We are very proud to offer a magnificent enormous antique Chinese Huanghuali wood Chinese Emperor's Throne Chair, late Qing (1849-1911). The Throne Chair might be much older. The underneath shows so much age. It is all gnarled and pitted from age. I wish I had taken a picture when it was up-side-down! The chair measures 58 inches wide x 54 inches high x 35 inches deep. It weighs about 250 pounds! The throne chair is a very sought-after piece of furniture by Chinese collectors seeking to re-claim their ancient heritage. At its time in China only Emperors were permitted to sit on it. This throne chair has both a “bed-like” and Kang (low table) shape. Throne chairs in China did not have the same significance in China as a throne chair in Europe. Most of these massive chairs had no ceremonial importance & were simply a very grand piece of furniture for an Imperial Palace. The throne would have been covered with beautiful silk pillows. It would equate to a “day-bed” or “settee” in a modern home. The throne chairs were bigger to reflect the highest rank “Son of Heaven”. The Chinese concept was that a bed was the center of a home (palace), so throne chairs rather resemble a bed in design. The back & arms are heavily carved screens. The carvings on this throne chair are fantastic! There are Imperial five-toed writhing dragons & clouds. Emperors were considered “dragons” as well as “sons of heaven”. Dragons symbolize happiness & good luck. The over-all carvings represent the Dragon Emperor looking upon his kingdom. The back is removable, as well as the side arms. Thank goodness or it would not come in the door of an American house! This throne chair was made from Huanghuali, a Southeastern Asian hardwood used only by an Imperial family. Huanghuali means “yellow flowering pear”. It stands for rarity, beauty, and in today's market very high prices. Prices have sky-rocketed since 2009. The price of Huanghuali has increased 25 times in the past 20 years. This rare wood has sparked a buying frenzy in China. A kilo of Huanghuali in China costs 40,000 cny (yuan) = $6,589 USD. A kilo is 2.2 pounds. That means this throne chair is worth about $800,000.00 USD in wood! A throne chair (Zitan) that looked a lot like this one sold for 11 million dollars in 2009. Well, we think this throne chair is also “worth its weight in gold”. We recently (Sept. 2013) sold a large piece of furniture to a Museum in China, so we know how to arrange shipment to China. If someone is very interested in this Throne Chair, we would consider an offer. A Representative could come to look at this Throne Chair. Also, payment would have to be made by wire transfer into our bank account. We are willing to offer "free-shipping", which will be at least $5,000.xx to anywhere.