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Zitan Furniture

Zitan, a slow-growing rosewood evergreen tree, provides wood in very limited supply. This rare Zitan wood was used to make furniture in China as early as the third century. However, because Zitan trees take so long to grow, Huanghuali furniture was much more common, though still in scarce supply.

Zitan furniture is distinct with its blackish-red or blackish-purple color. The slow growth of the tree leads to very small, fine grains that make the wood ideal for detailed carving techniques. Because of the beautiful grains and exquisite color, Zitan furniture is minimally decorated and only painted over with a thin clear lacquer so that the beauty of the natural wood can be seen.

During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the demand for Zitan furniture grew out of control and became closely monitored under the reign of Emperor Qianglong. While not extinct, Zitan wood is still endangered to this day and trade of this valuable lumber is heavily regulated.


Quick Facts

  • In 300 years, a Zitan tree only grows to be about 30 feet tall and 10 inches wide
  • Zitan wood is also used for the red pigment that can be extracted from the fibers of wood
  • Zitan is such a dense and heavy wood that it is actually incapable of floating in the water

Recommended Items at Auction

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Chinese Zitan Carved Wooden Box
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Zitan Carved Wooden Box
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
(2) Chinese Zitan Floral Silhouette Brushpots
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
(2) Chinese Zitan Floral Silhouette Brushpots
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Large Chinese Zitan Brush pot Bitong, Chen Xiang Mei Collections, marked
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Large Chinese Zitan Brush pot Bitong, Chen Xiang Mei Collections, marked
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$501 Bid
A 19TH CENTURY CHINESE CARVED HARDWOOD VASE LID POSSIBLY ZITAN
Nov 30, 9:30 AM GMT
A 19TH CENTURY CHINESE CARVED HARDWOOD VASE LID POSSIBLY ZITAN
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £500- £800
£2400 Bids
ZITAN WOOD CARVED SHOUSHAN ORNATED 'LINGZHI' RUYI SCEPTER
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED SHOUSHAN ORNATED 'LINGZHI' RUYI SCEPTER
by Mega International Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6000 Bids
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'MYTHICAL BEAST' LOBED TEA JAR WITH COVER
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'MYTHICAL BEAST' LOBED TEA JAR WITH COVER
by Mega International Auction
Est: $600- $800
$4500 Bids
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'MYTHICAL BEAST' LOBED TEA JAR WITH COVER
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'MYTHICAL BEAST' LOBED TEA JAR WITH COVER
by Mega International Auction
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
ZITAN WOOD BOX
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD BOX
by Mega International Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
CIRCULAR PIERCE CARVED ZITAN & LACQUERED WOOD BOX
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
CIRCULAR PIERCE CARVED ZITAN & LACQUERED WOOD BOX
by Mega International Auction
Est: $1,800- $2,200
$6000 Bids
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'TREE TRUNK' BRUSH POT
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'TREE TRUNK' BRUSH POT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$8000 Bids
PAIR OF YUN STONE INSET ZITAN WOOD CARVED STANDS
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
PAIR OF YUN STONE INSET ZITAN WOOD CARVED STANDS
by Mega International Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$5500 Bids
ZITAN WOOD STAND
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD STAND
by Mega International Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'TAOTIE' DRUM SHAPED BRUSH POT
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'TAOTIE' DRUM SHAPED BRUSH POT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $500- $600
$3000 Bids
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'PUMPKIN' LOBED JAR WITH LID
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED 'PUMPKIN' LOBED JAR WITH LID
by Mega International Auction
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
PAIR OF ZITAN WOOD OPENWORK CARVED INCENSE HOLDERS
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
PAIR OF ZITAN WOOD OPENWORK CARVED INCENSE HOLDERS
by Mega International Auction
Est: $600- $800
$4500 Bids
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A CHINESE ZITAN OR HARDWOOD CANDLE HOLDER
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
A CHINESE ZITAN OR HARDWOOD CANDLE HOLDER
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$1,0000 Bids
Chinese Miniature Zitan Wood Chair Model
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Miniature Zitan Wood Chair Model
by Ander's Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Chinese Zitan Wood Buddhist Shrine
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Zitan Wood Buddhist Shrine
by Ander's Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
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ZITAN WOOD CARVED BOX
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED BOX
by Empire Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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ZITAN WOOD CARVED JADE INLAID DRAGON PATTERN BOX
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED JADE INLAID DRAGON PATTERN BOX
by Empire Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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ZITAN WOOD CARVED DRAGON PATTERN BOX
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED DRAGON PATTERN BOX
by Empire Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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XIAOYE ZITAN WOOD CARVED PLUM PATTERN BRUSH POT
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
XIAOYE ZITAN WOOD CARVED PLUM PATTERN BRUSH POT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
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ZITAN WOOD CARVED ENAMELING BLUE RUYI
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED ENAMELING BLUE RUYI
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
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ZITAN WOOD CARVED FIGURE STORY PATTERN SCREEN
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
ZITAN WOOD CARVED FIGURE STORY PATTERN SCREEN
by Empire Auction House
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,0000 Bids

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