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Chinese Export Furniture

CHINESE EXPORT STYLE

Expanded trade between Europe and East Asia, starting in the 16th century, led to a booming market for exported goods, particularly furniture. This was bolstered by the establishment of the Dutch and English East India Companies at the beginning of the 17th century. From folding screens and chairs to lacquer tables and silver, Chinese Export furniture was in demand and regularly copied and imitated, leading to styles like chinoiserie and Chinese Chippendale.

The expansion of exporting that had strengthened the arts during the Ming dynasty continued into the Qing dynasty era — Chinese designers made many furniture pieces specifically for export, resulting in distinctive designs that mixed traditional techniques with forms appealing to foreign buyers. For instance, cabinetmakers in Canton (modern-day Guangzhou) were prolific in crafting hardwood furniture for export in European styles that involved the expert joinery techniques of Chinese furniture. Designs for Chinese Export porcelain, cabinets, decorative objects and other furniture were often more ornately adorned than they would be for a local audience, such as with mother-of-pearl overlays or surfaces featuring lavish pictorial scenes or gold on black motifs. Some were even commissioned by wealthy European families to be adorned with their coat of arms.

Because lacquer furniture was especially prized, and the resin used to create it was difficult to import as it would harden during the long voyage, artisans in China and Japan exported numerous lacquer pieces. Long before lacquer made its way to Japan, the Chinese treated the material differently. They used it to create smooth, glossy surfaces, but also for carving, an art that began in the 12th century and is exclusively Chinese. These pieces are called cinnabar lacquer after the powdered mercury sulfide (cinnabar) employed to produce their characteristic red hue. A popular form for export was a compact cabinet with drawers, usually displayed on a small table. Undecorated furniture built in Europe was also shipped to China to be lacquered. The international exchange of design would influence furniture into the 19th century and later, informing styles such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

Find a collection of antique Chinese Export tables, beds, cupboards, table lamps and more furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Chinese Export
20th century Chinese Export Porcelain Garden Seat
Located in Savannah, GA
Hexagonal shaped Chinese Nanking Style Export blue and white glazed porcelain garden seat. Features include a pierced top and sides, molded relief dots...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Early 20th Century Chinese Folding Screen/Room Divider with Cloisonne panels
Located in Pomona, CA
This is a set of 6 panels of Chinese vintage lacquered wooden screen which to be used as the room section panels in ancient China that are put ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood

Mid-20th Century Chinese Rosewood Carved Coffee Table
Located in Pomona, CA
This classic solid rosewood coffee table has hand-carved imperial dragon cloud motif along the four sides. The Huge carved legs ending on the big cube feet give a graceful and also s...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

EXQUISITE CIRCA 1880 QING DYNASTY CARVED HARDWOOD CHINESE DRAGON ARMCHAiR
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning original Chinese Export circa 1880-1900 hand carved Rosewood armchair with oversized curled Dr...
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1880s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood

Antique Chinese Red Lacquered Wedding Armoire, Wardrobe With 100s Kids
Located in Pomona, CA
Very well constructed with two open doors and shelf, inside cabinet, wedding armoire with red lacquer 100's kids painting on the front and have coordinated antiqued hardware. This b...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

FOUR-LEAF SCREEN Chinese 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
FOUR-LEAF SEPARE Chinese 19th Century with hardwood carvings, gilt and bronze hinges. Dim.: 186 x 164 cm good condition
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Antique Chinese Hand Painted Wood Trunk on Stand Early 20th Century
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th Century Chinese Hand Painted Wood Trunk on Paint Decorated Stand. Overall Dimensions: 18" x 32" x 24" (45.7 x 81.3 x 61 cm.) Provenance: From the Estate of Baroness Adel...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Antique 19th Century Chinese Red Cinnabar Lacquer Floral Pedestal c.1880
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
An exquisite 19th Century Chinese red lacquer pedestal table. Crafted in a square shape with gracefully curved legs that merge seamlessly with the base, it captivates all who encount...
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1880s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Lacquer

Early 20th Century Chinese Carved Camphor wood Hope Chest
Located in Pomona, CA
This is a traditional style of Chinese antique raise carved/relief Camphor chest/trunk from China. It was sailor's hope chest with all the sailor's best wishes and hopes in it. This ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

20th Century Antique Chinese Hand Carved 4 Panels Wooden Screen/Room Divider
Located in Pomona, CA
A set of four Chinese large carved wooden screen, with fretwork design, Created in China during mid 20th century, each of this set of four of large panels captures our attention with...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Mid-20th Century Chinese Carved Collector's Display Shelf/Room Divider
Located in Pomona, CA
This unique piece is a classical Chinese art deco display/room divider in the original condition, all hand carved and free standing shelving unite in dark mahogany finished. It fea...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Late 19th Century Antique Chinese Carved Display Cabinet
Located in Pomona, CA
Very well constructed with two removable open doors cabinet and have coordinated antiqued hardware. This beautiful carved Display Cabinet/dresser has lot of detailed open carving w...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Asian Apothecary Side Tables or End Tables, 20th Century
Located in Hamburg, PA
A unique pair of Chinese Apothecary Sidetables or Bedside Tables with multi-drawers made of Elmwood, Chinese paper, and brass medallion hardware or drawer pulls. The Asian cabinets o...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Brass

Chinese Apothecary Cabinet with 28 Drawers in Elmwood, 20th Century
Located in Hamburg, PA
This unique 28-drawer Chinese Apothecary Cabinet has many functional attributes to this handsome piece. This Asian cabinet is designed in the Qing style was most likely made in the l...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Brass

Early 20th Century Chinese Carved Dragon Camphor wood Hope Chest
Located in Pomona, CA
This is a traditional style of Chinese antique massive carved Camphor chest/trunk from China. It was sailor's hope chest with all the sailor's best wishes and hopes in it. This che...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

ANTIQUE CIRCA 1900 ORNATELY CARVED AND HEAViLY INLAID CHINESE OCCASIONAL TABLE
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this absolutely exquisite hand carved and ornately inlaid centre occasional table made in China Circa 1900-1...
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Early 1900s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Antique Chinese Country Rusty Style Wagon Wheel Dining Table
Located in Pomona, CA
This gorgeous Massive Chinese Antique Country Style dining table was made in about 1940s. It has about 80 years history and still ha...
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1940s Chinese Vintage Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Antique Chinese Massive Carved Rusty Style Country Bench, Love seat
Located in Pomona, CA
Look at this gorgeous Chinese Antique Massive Carved Country Style Love-seat. It has about 150 years history and still has its original condition, very smooth to touch, full of patin...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Chinese flower table around 1900 made of rosewood with marble top
Located in Aachen, DE
Blumentisch China um 1900 aus Rosenholz mit Marmorplatte Reich geschnitzt, unbeschädigt, in sehr gutem Zustand, max. Durchmesser ca. 67cm, Höhe 80cm.
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1890s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Marble

Early 20th Century Chinese Carved Rosewood Long Bench, Sofa
Located in Pomona, CA
This gorgeous Antique Chinese Rosewood Carved Long Bench, Sofa was made in early 20th Century and still has its original condition, very smooth to touch, full of patina. It was hand ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

19th Century Antique Chinese Carved Secretary/Writing Desk
Located in Pomona, CA
This beautiful carved secretary/writing desk is traditional simply design with three drawers on the front and lattice foot rest on the bottom. Both si...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Elm

19th Century Chinese Red Lacquered Opium Canopy Bed
Located in Richmond, VA
Opt for drama with this late 19th century Chinese opium canopy bed, crafted of elmwood. The exterior is heavily decorated with gold leafing, carvings, ornate carved figurine pillars,...
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19th Century Asian Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Mother-of-Pearl, Cane, Wood, Elm, Giltwood, Lacquer

Fine Chinese Qing Period Carved Giltwood and Lacquered Console Table
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fine Chinese Qing-period Carved Giltwood and Lacquered Console Table  China, 19th Century A stunning example of the elegance of the Qing Period in Chinese furniture. Dating back to ...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood, Giltwood, Lacquer

Pair of Chinese reddish elm and bamboo scholar chairs
Located in London, GB
An attractive pair of reddish coloured bamboo and elm decorative scholar chairs.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Mid-20th Century Chinese Handmade Low Coffee Table
Located in Pomona, CA
This lovely Chinese carved low coffee table was hand made from elm wood with carving works and Hand painted lacquer painting of floral pattern on the table. Look at the pictures, the...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Carved Rosewood Pedestal Table/Plant Stand
Located in Pomona, CA
This Gorgeous Antique Chinese carved Rosewood Pedestal Table/Plant Stand was hand made from solid Rosewood with traditional carving works design of dragon symbols on the shoulder of ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

20th Century Antique Tibetan Hand Painted Credenza Storage Cabinet
Located in Pomona, CA
This Antique Tibetan Painted Cabinet is 100% hand made and hand painted using mineral painting which last the paint a much longer time. You can see some of the finish has already los...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

20th Century Chinese Carved Cabinet with Carved doors
Located in Pomona, CA
This Chinese vintage display cabinet from the early 20th century, with carved upper doors and four drawers. Created in China during the early 20th-century period, this display cabinet features a linear silhouette perfectly complimented by a beautiful honey brown patina. Two see through upper doors open in the front to reveal inner shelves, while the ensemble is adorned with slightly raised panels on the four drawers in the middle section. on the lower section, there are two panel doors with one shelf inside for your storage. This vintage Chinese display cabinet...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Beech

A Chinese huanghuali, wumu and mother-of-pearl watch holder
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Canton, 2nd half 19th century H. 22.5 x W. 30 x D. 12.5 cm The pocket watch, an antique Swiss triple calendar Moon phace pocket watch in gunmetal case, dating from around 1860-1900...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Carved Rosewood Living Room Chairs Set
Located in Pomona, CA
This set of gorgeous Chinese Rosewood Carved Living room Chairs and table were made during early 20th century and still maintained its original condition, very smooth to touch, full ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood, Rosewood

19th Century Chinese Apothecary Cabinet with Drawers
Located in Pasadena, CA
A remarkable 19th century Chinese apothecary cabinet. With 24 drawers and 2 larger lower drawers. Each smaller drawer with Chinese script and brass pull handles.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

19th Century Antique Chinese Carved Altar Table/Sofa Table/Console More Views
Located in Pomona, CA
This Antique Carved Altar table from China was made in late 19th century and still maintained very good condition. It shows the traditional style of Northern China's cultural. This Chinese antique altar table was made from solid wood with raised carving works of traditional Chinese folks arts design of "Qin, Qi, Shu, Hua" and twig-wrapped patterns on the front and open carved Bats on the legs. Very heavy, solid and sturdy. From the pictures, you can see that there are some of the age wear but still shows your beautiful patina. It is truly a wonderful collection item. Don't miss it. Size: 35in H x 86.5in W x 15.5in D Origin: China Circa: 1850 - 1900 Material: Wood Condition: Original finish, solid wood construction, hand carved, very heavy, sturdy, normal age wear. Disclaimer: Due to differences in monitor/screen settings, product colors may differ slightly between product photos...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

20th Century Antique Tibetan Hand Painted Tall Credenza Storage Cabinet
Located in Pomona, CA
This Antique Tibetan Painted Cabinet is 100% hand made and hand painted using mineral painting which last the paint a much longer time. You can see some of the finish has already los...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Chinese Painted Vintage Elm Hall Cabinet.
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Chinese Painted Vintage Elm Hall Cabinet. Wonderful vintage Chinese hand painted cabinet in solid Elmwood with original antique finish. With two front...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Elm

Mid 20th Century Vintage Chinese Carved Rosewood Living Room Chairs Set
Located in Pomona, CA
This set of gorgeous Chinese Rosewood Carved Living room Chairs have about 70 years history and still maintained its original condition, very smooth to touch, full of patina. They w...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

Vintage Chinese Red Lacquered Bar Stool for Couple - a Pair
Located in Pomona, CA
This Gorgeous pair of Vintage Chinese Red Lacquered Bar Stools has over 60 years history on it. It has wonderful carving works according to Human engin...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Mid 20th Century Chinese Carved Rosewood Long Bench, Sofa
Located in Pomona, CA
This gorgeous Vintage Chinese Rosewood Carved Long Bench, Sofa has about 70 years history and still has its original condition, very smooth to touch, full of patina. It was hand made...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

Four Antique Qing Dynasty Chinese Carved Rosewood Side Dining Dragon Chairs 1880
Located in Portland, OR
A fine set of four antique Chinese Qing dynasty carved rosewood dragon chairs, circa 1880. Each chair is finely carved crest with two facing drag...
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1880s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

Mid 20th Century Vintage Chinese Carved Rosewood Writing Desk
Located in Pomona, CA
This unique writing desk has two drawers each side and one bigger drawer at center of the front and both sides and back are nicely finished. This desk was made at about 1950's from s...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

Antique Chinese Wedding Chest.
Located in Nantwich, GB
A Chinese Qing Dynasty Ningbo red lacquered four door wedding cabinet from 19th century, with a huge brass butterfly on the front inlaid with semi precious stones. Created in Eastern...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Brass

LARGE ANTIQUE CIRCA 1920 CHiNESE DRAGON CHINOISERIE EXPORT COFFEE TABLE DRAWERS
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this stunning original Chinese Export Chinoiserie Dragon extra large coffee table for four full sized drawer...
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1920s Chinese Vintage Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood

Mid 20th Century Vintage Chinese Carved Rosewood Living Room Chairs Set
Located in Pomona, CA
This set of gorgeous Chinese Rosewood Carved Living room Chairs and table have about 70 years history and still has its original condition, very smooth to touch, full of patina. They...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

Chinese 19th Century Hardwood shelves
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality set of 19th Century Chinese hardwood shelves with open shelves, drawers and cupboards. Having wonderful quality hand carved and pierced folate decoration and myth...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood

Painted Red Wood Chinese Jewelry Chest of Drawers Storage
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Red Chinese upright jewelry chest with raised elements and beautiful gold hand painted scenes. Top opens up to vanity mirror and divided storage, six drawers down the center, each side opens up with hook...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood, Paint

Vintage Chinese Hand Painted Lacquered Side Table Sized Cupboard with Drawer
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage circa 1920's hand painted and lacquered Chinese Wedding cupboard for folded linens etc. A very good looking and well made pi...
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1920s Chinese Vintage Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

19th C. Monumental & Important Qing Dynasty Chinese Double Sided Sideboard
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chinese Origin, 19th century or earlier. An exceptional 19th century or earlier Qing Dynasty wooden buffet or sideboard likely made in possibly rosewood or elmwood. This piece is e...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Elm, Walnut

Vintage Chinese Carved Plant Stand with Maroon Marble Top
Located in San Francisco, CA
This vintage Chinese-style plant stand features ornate dragon carvings, three gracefully curved legs, and an inset maroon marble top. Crafted with meticu...
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20th Century Chinese Export Furniture

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Marble

FINE ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY ORIENTAL CHiNESE OPIUM LOW PADOUK COFFEE & TEA TABLE
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this lovely ornately carved Antique Circa 1880 Oriental Chinese Opium low tea Padouk table Please note the ...
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1880s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Padouk

Early 20th Century Antique Chinese Country Bench/Coffee Table
Located in Pomona, CA
This Chinese antique country bench that you can use it as a coffee table. This bench was a classic design and elegant with some simple carving ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

19th Century Antique Chinese Wooden Rice Measure Bucket
Located in Pomona, CA
This primitive Antique Chinese Official Wooden Rice Measure Bucket "Dou" is 100 percent hand made and has about 140 years history. You can see the joints are secured by antique metal...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Red Lacquered Altar Cabinet, Buffet Table, Sideboard
Located in Pomona, CA
This Chinese Antique Altar Cabinet/Buffet Table was made from solid Elm wood with red lacquered finish and beautiful open carving works on both s...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

19th Century Antique Chinese Wooden Rice Measure Bucket, Dou
Located in Pomona, CA
This primitive Antique Chinese Official Wooden Rice Measure Bucket "Dou" is 100 percent hand made and has about 140 years history. You can see the joints are secured by antique metal...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Matching Red Lacquered Bedside Tables / Cabinets with Drawers
Located in High Wycombe, GB
Pair of 20th century Chinese Red Lacquered Bedside Tables with Drawers Finished With Exquisite Figural Decorative Scenes Extra dimensions Drawer height 5cm Doored cabinet heig...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Brass

Early 20th Century Chinese Carved Hardwood Coffee Table With Cloisonne Inlay on
Located in Pomona, CA
This beautiful Chinese Antique Carved Coffee Table was made from solid hardwood with some traditional carving works on the sides and three ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Compound Wedding Armoire/Wardrobe
Located in Pomona, CA
Of rectangular form, the well-figured, matched door panels fitted flush within the solidly constructed frame, simple flat door panels with natural wood grain on the front. This weddi...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Early 20th Century Chinese Compound Wedding Armoire/Wardrobe Description
Located in Pomona, CA
Of rectangular form, the well-figured, matched door panels fitted flush within the solidly constructed frame, simple flat door panels with natural wood grain on the front. This weddi...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Late 19th Century Chinese Hand Made Wooden Wash/Laundry Basin
Located in Pomona, CA
Up for sell is an Chinese Antique Wash Basin. If you are looking for a real Chinese antique, this is it. It's originally from China, and has over 100 years history. You can easily see from the pictures that it has some wears due to the long term usage. People use this kind of wooden wash basin to wash clothes by the river or the edge of well. Take a close look at the pictures, it is in the very good antique condition and truly an antique and collectible...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Late 19th Century Chinese Hand Made Wooden Wash/Laundry Basin
Located in Pomona, CA
Up for sell is an Chinese Antique Wash Basin. If you are looking for a real Chinese antique, this is it. It's originally from China, and has over 100 years history. You can easily see from the pictures that it has some wears due to the long term usage. People use this kind of wooden wash basin to wash clothes by the river or the edge of well. Take a close look at the pictures, it is in the very good antique condition and truly an antique and collectible...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood

Chinese Export furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Chinese Export furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include asian art and furniture, tables, case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, hardwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Chinese Export furniture made in a specific country, there are Asia, East Asia, and China pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include George Zee, Kittinger Furniture Company , and Susanne Hollis. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $308 and tops out at $145,000 while the average work can sell for $2,835.

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