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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
Chinese Low Chairs With Carved Back Panel, Late 19Th C., A-Pair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Chinese Classical 19th C. Low Chairs Backed with a carved back panel with armrest, in Burma Rosewood. These are called Opium chairs or meditation c...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood

19th Century, Chinese Blue and White vase / lamp. 56cm (22") high
Located in Brighton, Sussex
An impressive, good quality late 19th Century Chinese export blue and white crackleware vase / lamp. Having wonderful hand painted scenes of soldiers on horseback and running holding...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Chinese 19th Century Blue and White crackleware vases / lamps
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality pair of late 19th Century Chinese export Blue and White crackleware vases / lamps. Each with faux bronze mounts above and below the central blue and white hand painted...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

19th Century Chinese hardwood Alter table.
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality 19th Century Chinese hardwood Alter table, having inset panels to the top and scrolling ends, hand carved and pierced ribbon and scrolling foliate decoration to t...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood

Pair of pedestals - vase holders of Chinese manufacture, early 20th century
Located in Vicenza, VI
Pair of Chinese-made pedestals/pot stands, datable to the early 20th century. The two pieces of furniture are made of carved ebonized oak, and are thus presented in a deep black col...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Oak

Chinese Export Silver Mirror
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exquisite Chinese export silver mirror is a work of exotic beauty. Elegantly shaped and monumental in size, this looking glass is held within ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Silver

Pair 19th Century Rose Medallion Vases / Lamps
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality pair of 19th Century Chinese Cantonese vases / lamps. Each with classical green ground, wonderful exotic floral decoration, butterflies and birds. The vases can be co...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Pair Century Chinese Vases / Lamps
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very decorative pair of 20th Century Chinese porcelain vases / lamps. Each with blue coloured classical motif decoration boarders and Deer head handles, inset hand painted panels ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

19th Century Chinese Bronze Side Tables
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th Century Chinese bronze end tables.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Bronze

Large 19th Century Chinese Rose Medallion / Canton Vase / Lamp
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century Chinese Cantonese / rose medallion vase / lamp. Having gilded dog of faux handles and serpents, classical green ground decoration with inset painted ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Pair of Chinese Export Famille Verte Jardinières 100 Antique Pattern, Late Qing
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Chinese Export Famille Verte Jardinières 100 Antique Pattern, Late Qing Period Circa 1900 Marked A magnificent pair of Chinese Ex...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

"Karaoke" Large White Porcelain Vase by Luce Raggi Italy / China Contemporary
Located in London, GB
Luce Raggi, Karaoke (another love song), 2017 glazed porcelain 70 x 25 cm Hand painted vase with typical female evening scenes of karaoke mania. Women who forget their sentimental ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Alfombra China
Located in Madrid, ES
Alfombra china realizada en el siglo XX basada en los cartones de alfombras del XVIII con la misma técnica. Su decoración a basa de un enrejado de peonias , ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wool, Cotton, Velvet

Vintage Cylindrical Picture Jasper Tower on Wood Stand More Views Vintage Cyli
Located in Pomona, CA
As a nurturing and protective stone, the picture jasper meaning helps to bring you comfort, alleviating any fear, stress or anxiety you may be feeling. It’stimulates the root chakr...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Stone

19th Century, Chinese Export Famille Rose Porcelain Planter or Fish Bowl
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chinese, 19th century. This exceptional 19th-century Chinese export porcelain fish bowl or planter. Crafted with unparalleled skill and adorned with intricate geometric borders, its...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Enamel

Pair, Sampson French Porcelain Famille Rose Medallion Pallet Porcelain Urns
Located in Atlanta, GA
Samson & Cie was operated by four generations in Paris and Montreauil-sous-Bois from 1845 to 1979/1980. It was first established by Edme Samson (Paris 1810 – 1891) at 7, Rue Vendôme ...
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20th Century French Chinese Export Furniture

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Enamel

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

Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Rose Sauce Tureens, Covers & Stands
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Rose Sauce Tureens, Covers & Stands, A Pair, Circa 1775 The pair of Chinese Export porcelain sauce tureens are of a shaped rectangular form and are ...
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1770s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Chinese Porcelain Framed Famille Rose Plaque of Golden Pheasant on a Tree Branch
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Porcelain Framed Famille Rose Plaque of Golden Pheasant on a Flowering Tree Branch, 20th Century, The large porcelain plaque, in an upright format, depicts a large Golden Ph...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

19th C. Chinese Hand Painted Silk 6-Panel Wallpaper Floor Screen Mounted As A Pr
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chinese, 19th or possibly late 18th century. An oversized Chinese 6 panel wallpaper screen mounted as a PAIR of 3 panel screens. Each nearly 8 foot tall panel has stunning hand laid...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Silk, Paint

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

Chinese Export Snuff Bottle in Overlay Cameo Glass Finely Carved, circa 1925
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a very good Chinese cameo or overlay glass snuff bottle with a spoon top, which we date to circa 1925. These overlay glass cameo snuff bottles are very decorative and sought after, particularly with two different colour/ shades of overlays and this level of good carved detail. It is made of a clear / yellow tinged opaque glass which has been over-layed with an orange glass which shades to red at the base, producing a very decorative detail. It has then been well hand carved and polished to produce a scene with a basket of fruit, ribbon bow, musical instrument and other motifs. The bottle has a rounded red glass / stone stopper which is fitted with a bronze spoon.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Glass

Early 20th century lacquered vanity box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 20th century lacquered vanity box circa 1910. Good quality Chinese export table top vanity box.  Hand painted in a plum and black colour scheme in a lacquered finish. Cube sh...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

Antique Chinese Rug, Tan and Blue Oriental Handmade Wool Rug
Located in Port Washington, NY
China has a long tradition of carpets and the original ones, probably used as merchandise, are dated at over 2000 years ago. The art of knotting carpets was however, introduced somewhere around the 15th century in China. The patterns on some of the older Chinese carpets...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Wool

Elegant Pair of Blue & White Planters on Teak Stands
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Lovely pair of blue and white Chinese planters on curvy carved teak stands. For indoor display.
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1950s Chinese Vintage Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain, Wood

Chinese Porcelain Bowl Hand Painted Blue and White, 17th Century Ming Export
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a hand painted Chinese Export porcelain bowl, which we date to the 17th century, Ming Dynasty. The bowl is fairly thickly potted with a fairly high, slightly undercut foot and an everted rim. The bowl is decorated inside and outside, in varying shades of under-glaze cobalt blue with various symbols and designs separated by curvy lined panels...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Porcelain

Pair of Chinoiserie Hand-Painted Paper Panels, Watercolor on Paper
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
Original paintings, inspired by antique Chinese export wallpapers., from our studio. An antiquing process is applied to the paintings for a distressed effect.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Paper

Chinese Jade Foo Dogs, Set of Two
Located in Grythyttan, SE
Chinese Jade Foo Dogs. The jade, or stone resembling its pale green hue, beutifully exhibits shades that span from milky white to pale jade green. The Foo Dogs possess a playful, li...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Jade

Art Deco Blue Silk Rug with Asian Décor, Peking Blue
Located in Bochum, NRW
An excellent silk rug, Art Deco decor of stylized clouds and waves in beautiful shades of blue and ivory, also called Chi and Ruyi. Beautiful midcentury...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Silk

Chinese Table Lamp, 19th Century with Brass Mount, 19th Century Famille Rose
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This table lamp is a 19th century Famille rose vase lamp, it has been made in china circa 1880. The mount is in brass, and the porcelain in hand painted. USA PLUG ADAPTATOR WILL BE ...
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1880s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Bronze

2 Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Bowls from the Ship Wrecked "Tek Sing"
Located in Palm Beach, FL
In 1822 the Chinese Junk "Tek Sing" or true star sank in the south China sea, where the ship and its cargo remained until salvaged in 1999. These antique blue...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Chinese Porcelain Vase Table Lamp
Located in Baltimore, MD
This is a colourful antique Chinese porcelain vase, depicting a traditional Chinese scene with exotic birds and landscape, converted into an elegant table lamp with a fine linen shad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Porcelain, Linen

Chinese Red Lacquered Wood Joint Stool
Located in Kenilworth, IL
Red lacquered square top stool on four legs joined by double box stretchers. China, 19th century.  
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Hardwood, Paint

Fixé Sous Verre, View of a Port in Asia, 20th Century
Located in MARSEILLE, FR
Large "Fixé sous verre", painting under glass representing a port scene in China in the background, with boats with different flags, rowers, all life o...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Glass

Chinese Hongmu Corner Chair, 19th Century
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A Chinese Hongmu corner chair, 19th century. The horseshoe-form back with molded crest above a pair of open carved splats with fruiting and fl...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Wood

Chinese Export Bud Vase Famille Rose Porcelain Hand Painted, Qing, Circa 1850
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good, decorative Chinese export, Imperial Canton, porcelain, Famille Rose, Small or Bud Vase which we date to the mid-19th century, Qing dynasty, circa 1850. The vase ha...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

20th C. United Wilson Blue and White Ormolu-Mounted Porcelain Lamps, Signed Pair
Located in Doylestown, PA
Pair of late 20th century ormolu and crackle porcelain lamps by United Wilson Porcelain, signed. Stunning blue and white vase form lamps with ornate ormolu mounts. Part of United Wilson's ormolu series inspired by 18th century French antiques, the collection infuses Eastern and Western artistry using Asian porcelain and European-style sculptural gilt bronze. The shapely body features a floral and foliate design with pairs of cherub figures noting the French influence as well as the gorgeous silk shades with pleat detail and long fringe. The original bronze finials coordinate with one another as they are slightly different adding uniqueness to the pair. These are exceptional lamps of the finest quality in very good condition. Signed on the bottom with United Wilson 1897...
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Late 20th Century Hong Kong Chinese Export Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Large Antique Chinese Porcelain Punch Bowl xix Th
Located in Madrid, ES
With Rose Medallion (Rose Family) decoration. The central cartridge of the basin represents a court scene. The inner and outer walls of the bowl have multi...
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19th Century Asian Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Four Framed Chinese T’ang Horse Paintings
Located in Bradenton, FL
Beautiful set of four watercolor Chinese T’ang style horses. Gilt framing on all four. Very good condition with minor wear on frames.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Paint

Chinese Green Glazed Lotus Motif Vase
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chinese green glazed lotus motif vase, with three handles.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Chinese Painting on Scroll Paper, China 19th Century, Birds and Nature Decor
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Chinese painting on paper, which is unrolled once hung on the wall. It is a painting that depicts birds in nature, in the style of the 18th c...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Paper

19th Century Pair of Chinese 'Horseshoe Back' Chairs
Located in London, GB
19th Century pair of Chinese 'Horseshoe Back' chairs. Dimension: H 99 x W 67 x D 45 cm.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Wood

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

Materials

Wood

1970's Yin Yang Scorpio Lucite Paperweight
Located in San Diego, CA
1970's lucite encased scorpio with Yin Yang , nice condition very rare and unique item.
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Lucite

Chinese Bamboo Forest Landscape Ink on Paper
Located in New York, NY
Chinese School, Bamboo Forest Landscape Scene, Ink on Paper, circa 19th century, with calligraphy and artist's chop seal signature upper left, gilt wood frame. Image: 57" H x 15.25" ...
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20th Century Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Paper

Two Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain HeHe Groups Kangxi Period
Located in Dallas, TX
A Pair of Chinese famille verte laughing twins 'HeHe Erxian' biscuit group, Kangxi (1662-1722), the two boys with jovial expressions and seated upon an openwork rock-base studded wit...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Chinese Famille Rose/Verte 'Chicken' Ewer, Qing Dynasty
Located in seoul, KR
Beautiful 'chickens and flowers' painted familie rose/verte ceramic ewer from Qing dynasty. Excavated from cargo underwater. Period : Qing Dynasty, Kangxi-Yongzheng Period Productio...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

ViNTAGE CHINESE SILK EMBROIDERED TAPESTRY DEPICTING PANDAS HAVING FUN IN FOREST
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this lovely super decorative vintage Chinese Silk Tapestry Depicting Pandas having fun in the forest A very...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Silk

LARGE DECORATIVE VINTAGE MiD CENTURY HAND CARVED CHINESE LION FOO DOG STATUE
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this lovely, vintage hand carved Chinese Foo Lion Dog statue with original paint and patina This is a very ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Wood

Chinese Export Porcelain Vase Blue & White Hand Painted 31cm, 19thC Qing Tongzhi
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a beautiful, fairly tall 31+cm, Chinese Export, blue and white porcelain Baluster Vase, which we date to the 19th century, Qing Tongzhi period, Circa 1870. This is a well ha...
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Chinese Set of 4 ARMCHAIRS, 2 CANAPES AND 2 TABLES 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
SET of Chinese 4 ARMCHAIRS, 2 CANAPES AND 2 TABLES 19th Century Chinese, in rosewood wood, with carvings, "dragons", from the beginning of the 19th century. Dim.: (armchairs) 105 ...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Rosewood

Chinese Export Silver Beaker, circ 1890's
Located in Gainesville, FL
Chinese export repousse beaker, circ 1890. Wieght 3.3 oz., 4 3/8" tall
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Silver

20th Century Antique Tibetan Hand Painted Thangka, Avalokitshvara, Kuan Yin
Located in Pomona, CA
Tibetan Thangka, Kuan yin (Avalokitshvara), finely painted with colored inks on silk. It is all hand painted with Tibetan natural mineral color painting material which can last for a...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Fabric

Chinese Four Figures Ancestral Portrait Painting
Located in New York, NY
Chinese School, Four Figures Ancestral Portrait Painting, Ink on Paper, depicting four seated women, all wearing robes and three hats with one donning a diadem crown, objects includi...
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19th Century Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Paper

Pair of Chinese Style Wooden Painted Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese Style Wooden Painted Lamps. 29.75H
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20th Century American Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Wood

Antique Apple Green Chinese Crackle Vase
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Antique Apple Green Chinese Crackle Vase.
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Early 1900s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Geo III Chinese Export Occasional Table
Located in Shipston-On-Stour, GB
 A rare C18th Chinese export occasional table, of elegant design and constructed of exotic hardwoods including Padouk. The oval tilt top with blonde wood crossbanded edge and repeat...
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1780s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

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Padouk

Chinese Export Porcelain Lotus Leaf-Shaped Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain Lotus Leaf Shaped Dish, Circa 1765 The large Chinese Export “famille rose” porcelain saucer dish is made in the form of a lotus leaf with the rim and border...
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Mid-18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

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, decorative objects, serveware, ceramics, silver and glass and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, porcelain 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 Europa Antiques, Wang Hing & Co., Luen Wo, and Hung Chong & Co.. 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 $40 and tops out at $216,780 while the average work can sell for $1,998.

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