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Huanghuali Furniture

Chinese Huanghuali furniture is extremely rare and highly coveted, and refers to all furniture made from the yellowish-red wood of the Huanghuali tree. Huanghuali is a type of rosewood originally referred to as “huali." “Huang," meaning “yellow," refers to the yellowish tone that is adopted by the wood after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Huanghuali wood furniture is not only distinctive by the beautiful color, but also by the sweet aroma.

During the Ming and Qing dynasties in Chinese history, the royal family and elite commissioned furniture in this beautiful variety of rosewood. Huanghuali furniture generally went un-lacquered and had very minimal surface designs in order to showcase the exquisitely translucent and shimmering wood grains.

Due to its popularity, however, the slow-growing Huanghuali tree now hangs on the brink of extinction and the creation of furniture from its wood is now forbidden. As a result, the demand and competition for the scarce existing items has skyrocketed.


Quick Facts

  • The word “huang” has only been added to Huanghuali within the early 20th century
  • Huanghuali wood is only found in Southern China, on the island of Hainan, though similar species are found around the South China Sea area
  • While the surface of Huanghuali wood largely went unaltered, often the intricate wood grains created images of their own. Some seemed decoratively abstract, while others formed what appears to be figurative images and “ghost faces”

Recommended Items at Auction

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HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED 'LUOHAN' SEATED FIGURE
Oct 30, 3:00 PM PDT
HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED 'LUOHAN' SEATED FIGURE
by Mega International Auction Inc.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
A small Chinese Huanghuali vase
Nov 10, 10:30 AM GMT
A small Chinese Huanghuali vase
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
Chinese HaiNan Huali Wood Inlay Jade Ruyi Scepter
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Chinese HaiNan Huali Wood Inlay Jade Ruyi Scepter
by Quan Rong Gallery
Est: $500- $700
$1690 Bids
Vintage Huanghuali Wood Inlay Shell & Gem Brush Pot
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Huanghuali Wood Inlay Shell & Gem Brush Pot
by Quan Rong Gallery
Est: $500- $700
$1690 Bids
A Chinese huali wood bitong, 18th century, 12cm hgih Please refer to department for condition
Nov 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A Chinese huali wood bitong, 18th century, 12cm hgih Please refer to department for condition
by Roseberys
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,1000 Bids
Carved Huanghuali Fu&Shou Ruyi Sceptre
Nov 05, 3:00 PM PDT
Carved Huanghuali Fu&Shou Ruyi Sceptre
by China Arts Auction
Est: $1,400- $1,800
$5000 Bids
Chinese Huanghuali Brush Pot
Nov 05, 3:00 PM PDT
Chinese Huanghuali Brush Pot
by China Arts Auction
Est: $1,500- $1,800
$5000 Bids
Two Chinese Huanghuali Ruyi Paper Weights
Nov 05, 3:00 PM PDT
Two Chinese Huanghuali Ruyi Paper Weights
by China Arts Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$3000 Bids
Huali Wood Eighteen Arhats Ornament
Nov 02, 9:00 AM EDT
Huali Wood Eighteen Arhats Ornament
by Yakon Auctions
Est: $2,500- $4,500
$3000 Bids
GREEN GLASS WATER POT WITH HUANGHUALI STAND
Nov 13, 12:00 PM PST
GREEN GLASS WATER POT WITH HUANGHUALI STAND
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $500- $1,500
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE HUANGHUALI BRUSH POT, BITONG.
Nov 18, 11:00 AM GMT
A CHINESE HUANGHUALI BRUSH POT, BITONG.
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids
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A PAIR OF RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIRS, QUANYI 17th century (2)
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A PAIR OF RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIRS, QUANYI 17th century (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £60,000- £80,000
£60,0000 Bids
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A HUANGHUALI BRUSHPOT AND TWO GNARLED ROOT WOOD BRUSHPOTS, BITONG 18th/19th century (3)
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A HUANGHUALI BRUSHPOT AND TWO GNARLED ROOT WOOD BRUSHPOTS, BITONG 18th/19th century (3)
by Bonhams
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids
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A HUANGHUALI BRUSHPOT, BITONG 17th/18th century
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A HUANGHUALI BRUSHPOT, BITONG 17th/18th century
by Bonhams
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids
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A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS, GUANMAOYI 17th/18th century (2)
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS, GUANMAOYI 17th/18th century (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £30,000- £50,000
£30,0000 Bids
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A LARGE HUANGHUALI SCROLLPOT Qing Dynasty/Republic Period
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A LARGE HUANGHUALI SCROLLPOT Qing Dynasty/Republic Period
by Bonhams
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
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A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK LOW ARMCHAIRS (2)
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK LOW ARMCHAIRS (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £6,000- £8,000
£6,0000 Bids
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A pair of huanghuali 'meditation' chairs, chanyi (2)
Nov 02, 1:00 PM GMT
A pair of huanghuali 'meditation' chairs, chanyi (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £20,000- £30,000
£20,0000 Bids
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A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI CORNER-LEG STOOLS WITH DRAWERS, FANGDENG Qing Dynasty (2)
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI CORNER-LEG STOOLS WITH DRAWERS, FANGDENG Qing Dynasty (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids
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A HUANGHUALI 'ROSE' ARMCHAIR 18th/19th century
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A HUANGHUALI 'ROSE' ARMCHAIR 18th/19th century
by Bonhams
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£3,0000 Bids
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A PAIR OF HUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIRS, QUANYI (2)
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A PAIR OF HUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIRS, QUANYI (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £10,000- £15,000
£10,0000 Bids
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A HUANGHUALI YOKE-BACK ARMCHAIR Qing Dynasty
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A HUANGHUALI YOKE-BACK ARMCHAIR Qing Dynasty
by Bonhams
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£2,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Huanghuali Furniture


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