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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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Rare Chinese Huanghuali Horseshoe Folding Chair Stone Inlay
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Chinese Huanghuali Horseshoe Folding Chair Stone Inlay
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3257 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY CHINESE HUANGHUALI RECTANGULAR SHALLOW TRAY
Nov 30, 9:30 AM GMT
A 19TH CENTURY CHINESE HUANGHUALI RECTANGULAR SHALLOW TRAY
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £500- £800
£2400 Bids
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A CARVED HUANGHUALI WOOD STAND (Y)
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
A CARVED HUANGHUALI WOOD STAND (Y)
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
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A CARVED HUANGHUALI WOOD STAND (Y)
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
A CARVED HUANGHUALI WOOD STAND (Y)
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
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A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI OR HARDWOOD STOOLS (Y)
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI OR HARDWOOD STOOLS (Y)
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$8000 Bids
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LOT OF 8, A GROUP OF EIGHT HUANGHUALI AND MIXWOOD SIDE CHAIRS (Y)
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
LOT OF 8, A GROUP OF EIGHT HUANGHUALI AND MIXWOOD SIDE CHAIRS (Y)
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $3,500- $5,000
$8000 Bids
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A HUANGHUALI OR HARDWOOD LANP STAND (Y)
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
A HUANGHUALI OR HARDWOOD LANP STAND (Y)
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$5000 Bids
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A CHINESE HUANGHUALI TABLE TOP CHEST (Y)
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
A CHINESE HUANGHUALI TABLE TOP CHEST (Y)
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$2,0000 Bids
An Antique Huanghuali Drawer Cabinet
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
An Antique Huanghuali Drawer Cabinet
by Mei Auctions
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5000 Bids
A Pair of Huanghuali Chairs
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
A Pair of Huanghuali Chairs
by Mei Auctions
Est: $40,000- $60,000
$20,0000 Bids
A Chinese Huanghuali Box Qing Dynasty 1644-1912
Nov 30, 10:00 AM SGT
A Chinese Huanghuali Box Qing Dynasty 1644-1912
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $800- $1,000
$8000 Bids
Chinese Huanghuali Box
Dec 03, 12:00 PM PST
Chinese Huanghuali Box
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
Fine and Rare Pair of Huanghuali Armchairs
Dec 03, 12:00 PM PST
Fine and Rare Pair of Huanghuali Armchairs
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $8,000- $15,000
$1,0000 Bids
A HUANGHUALI TWO TIER PICNIC BOX
Dec 10, 3:00 PM PST
A HUANGHUALI TWO TIER PICNIC BOX
by California Asian Art Auction Gallery USA
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,2000 Bids
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HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED FIGURE STORY PATTERN BRUSH POT
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED FIGURE STORY PATTERN BRUSH POT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
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HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED BED
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED BED
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
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PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
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PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
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PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
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PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
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PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
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PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
PAIR OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CABINETS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
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SET OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CHAIRS & TABLE
Dec 02, 11:00 AM EST
SET OF HUANGHUALI WOOD CARVED CHAIRS & TABLE
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids

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