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Ming Furniture

MING STYLE

In what’s considered a golden age of Chinese furniture, Ming dynasty artisans produced expertly made designs that married elegance and function. Ming furniture was versatile, such as tables that doubled as writing desks and dining spaces. But it was also beautiful, enhancing a room with clean lines, soft curves and sophisticated decoration.

Dating from 1368 to 1644, the Ming dynasty was a vibrant time for international trade and culture. Especially for scholars and the wealthy, there was an emphasis on a home’s design to promote a good life. From large wardrobes to angular sofas, Ming-style furniture was defined by its joinery, which, instead of nails, involved meticulously designed interlocking elements of wood. This material was carefully selected and positioned to make the grain part of the design. The slow-growing huanghuali, a yellowish rosewood, was particularly valued for its bright color.

Although ornamentation was minimal, Ming dynasty furniture often featured carved or painted details of flowers, insects, dragons, fruits and other motifs. Chairs crafted for scholars could include calligraphic brush writing. As overseas trade expanded, techniques from the West, like cloisonné enamel painting, adorned table screens and other pieces.

Ming furniture influenced styles abroad such as Queen Anne in England and Hollywood Regency in the United States. The curved shape of Ming armchairs had a profound impact on legendary Scandinavian modernist furniture designer Hans Wegner. The Danish cabinetmaker shared the Ming artisans’ interest in creating streamlined, functional furnishings, and his China chair, Round chair and Wishbone chair are inspired by Ming dynasty seating. Today, the Ming-style horseshoe chair is a graceful and sought-after type of seat, and contemporary Chinese designers such as Jerry Chen and Gan Erke are also drawing on this heritage for a new era of style.

Find a collection of Ming cabinets, decorative objects, lounge chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Ming
Qingbai Melon form water ewer, Northern song dynasty
Located in seoul, KR
The oviform body is divided into few lobes, and the shoulder is applied with a pair of small loops molded. Period : Song Dynasty(960~1279) Type : Ewer Medium : Zhejiang celadon Pro...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Six Chinese Dining Chairs in Ming Style
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage set of Chinese in Ming style dining chairs in solid wood. Glossy redwood frames - two with arms, and four without. Includes teal color...
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1970s Belgian Vintage Ming Furniture

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Wood

Chinese Wanli-Era Cast Iron Bell
Located in Chicago, IL
A cast iron bell, when struck with a wooden beam, announced the time of day to villagers. This monumental example is covered in relief casts of chrysant...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Iron

Chinese Ming Dynasty Bronze Buddha of the future Maitreya
Located in San Francisco, CA
Chinese Ming Dynasty period bronze figure of Bodhisattva of the future - Maitreya. It is beautifully modeled in fine details typical of high-quality casting done in the Ming dynasty ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Fine Jumu Console Table with Drawers
Located in Greenwich, CT
Fine Jumu console table with three drawers. Very elegant and fine quality. Beautiful color and simple form. We carry fine quality furniture with elegant finished and has been appeare...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Wood

Antique Meissen Gold Ming Court Dragon Chinoiserie Tea Cup & Saucer Swords
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Meissen scalloped porcelain demitasse cup and saucer, numbered B117 with gold and red dot Chinese Court dragons. Measures: Saucer - 4.75” x 4.5” x 1.125” / Teacup - 3.5” x...
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Early 20th Century Ming Furniture

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Porcelain

Fine Black Lacquer Console Table
Located in Greenwich, CT
Fine black lacquer console table with four drawers, waterfall legs, brass fitting, elegant and simple form, beautiful lines. We carry fine quality furniture with elegant finished and...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Green-Glazed Horse and Rider, Ming period(15-16th Century)
Located in seoul, KR
Statues of Chinese horse and rider, featuring glazes in green, amber, are set on rectangular bases. Period: Ming Dynasty Medium: Green-glazed Pottery Type: Figure Provenance : Ac...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Fine Minimalist Antique Peking Chinese Rug with Tone-on-Tone Pattern
Located in Milan, IT
The minimalist effect achieved by this Chinese carpet is very much favoured by decorators outfitting many of today’s most stylish interiors. The field is decorated by a subtle tone o...
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Early 1900s Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Wool

Two blue-glazed figures, Ming Period (1368-1644)
Located in seoul, KR
Statues of Chinese dignitaries crafted from terracotta, featuring glazes in blue and ocher, are set on rectangular bases. The wide-sleeved robes and craftsmanship, along with the cyl...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Vintage Chinese Blue Underglaze Porcelain Ginger Jar, Ming Style
Located in Glasgow, GB
A vintage blue and white 'Ming Style' ginger jar, crafted in China during the latter half of the 20th century. A smooth hexagonal-shaped body showcases the revered technique of Chin...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

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Enamel

Large Bronze Ming Dynasty Ming Dynasty Vase Geometrically Decorated Archaic 15th Century
Located in Taranto, IT
Large Vase In embossed Bronze with geometric decoration of Archaic inspiration , China, Ming Dynasty 15th Century. In very good conservative condition, patina due to age . Height 3...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Bronze

Vintage 'Ming Style' Temple Jar Blue and White Glazed Porcelain
Located in Glasgow, GB
Vintage porcelain temple jar, handcrafted towards the end of the 20th century, in 1980s China Artistically decorated in a simple yet decorative Ming-era style. Its body features a f...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Ming Furniture

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Enamel

Pair of Vintage Chinese Ming Style Vases
Located in Glasgow, GB
Pair of vintage 'Ming style' vases, crafted in China around the late 1980s. Delicately hand-painted and glazed with a Ming-style decoration: A trail of bold cobalt blue flowers and ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

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Enamel

1970s Ming Style Michel Taylor For Baker Furn. Console Alter Table
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is such a good size! This is burl wood console table design by Michael Taylor for Baker Furniture as part of his Far East Collection. It is marked and in very good condition. M...
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Late 20th Century American Ming Furniture

Materials

Burl

Two white ware vases with flower design, Yuan Dynasty, 14th century
Located in seoul, KR
Porcelain with transparent pale-green (qingbai-type) glaze with flower, leaves and lotus design of typical yuan dynasty. Period : Yuan Dynasty(1271-1368) Type : Baluster vase Medium...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Porcelain, Ceramic

Vintage Chinese 'Ming Style' Blue and White Porcelain Baluster Vase
Located in Glasgow, GB
A vintage 'Ming style' baluster vase. Created around the mid to latter half of the 20th Century in China. A classical representation of the much revered blue and white glazed porce...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Enamel

Chinese Contemporary White Painted Wooden Ming Style Bench with A-Form Base
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese contemporary Ming Dynasty style white painted wooden bench with A-form base and carved spandrels. Our eye is immediately drawn to the soft white finish of this Ming style bench...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Wood

Two green glazed figures, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Located in seoul, KR
Statues of Chinese dignitaries crafted from terracotta, featuring glazes in green and ocher, are set on rectangular bases. The wide-sleeved robes and craftsmanship, along with the cy...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Two Green Glazed Horses and Riders, Ming period(15-16th Century)
Located in seoul, KR
Statues of Chinese horse riders, featuring glazes in green, are set on rectangular bases. Period: Ming Dynasty Medium: Green-glazed Pottery Type: Figure Provenance : Acquired i...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Rare annamese cream glazed ewer, Vietnam, 11-15th century
Located in seoul, KR
Famous annamese cream glazed ceramic ewer covered with a cream glaze. Traces of excavation are clearly visible in the glaze. Dates : Presumably Ly Dynasty (11-13th century) Region ...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Stoneware

Annamese Cylindrical Jar, Vietnam, 11-15th century
Located in seoul, KR
Famous annamese cylindrical jar with lid. Decor modeled in lotus petals, covered with a cream glaze. Dates : Presumably Ly Dynasty (11-13th century) Region : Vietnam Type : Jar Fou...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Stoneware

Antique Ming Dynasty Chinese Earthenware Horse Sculpture Míngqì Tomb Figure
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce 600 year old (approx) Chinese pottery Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) large glazed earthenware míngqì tomb figure, modeled as horse sculpture with saddle, stirrups, and integral ba...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Earthenware

China Old Colorful Gilded Coromandel Pavillion And Warriors Screen
Located in South Burlington, VT
Handsome Chinese Four Panel Coromandel Hand Carved and Hand Gilded Wood Screen mounted on board. Carved Wood panels with gilding depicting a pavilion scene with warriors and general...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Silk

Black Lacquer Ming Console Table in the Style of James Mont
Located in Dallas, TX
Very handsome console or sofa table in the style of James Mont. Black lacquer Asian style base with brass trim and glass top. Beveled glass top sits on round brass corner finials. Ve...
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1970s North American Vintage Ming Furniture

Materials

Brass

Carved 'Longquan' Celadon-glazed Funerary vase and cover, Song dynasty
Located in seoul, KR
The vase features a ribbed body, subtly enhancing its graceful contours, and is topped with a uniquely sculpted lid adorned with figurative elements. Period : Song Dynasty Type : Ce...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Celadon

Small Qingbai Pear-Shaped Vase, Song-Yuan Dynasty(13-14th century)
Located in seoul, KR
This exquisite piece is a Qingbai ware from the Song to Yuan dynasty, and it appears to be an excavated artifact given its earthy encrustations, suggesting it has rested in the groun...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Style Wooden Wedding Chair with Carved Medallion and Curving Arms
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese Ming Dynasty style wooden wedding chair from the early 20th century, with carved medallion, curving armrests and natural wood patina. Born in China during the earl...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Wood

Ming Dynasty Polychromed Grey Stone Standing Buddha, Museum Mounted
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Ming Dynasty Polychromed Grey Stone Standing Buddha, Museum Mounted 29.5 h 31h 10 w x 7 d Base 9.25/7.5 deep (1368-1644) A Polychromed Grey ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Stone

Ming Dynasty Stone Guardian Statue, China, 17th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Ming Dynasty stone foo dog from the revered Beijing Summer Palace, dating back to the end of the 17th century. This magnificent sculpture depicts a powerful lion, imbued with the myt...
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Late 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Stone

Chinese bronze Monkey, 17th Century, Ming Dynasty.
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Chinese bronze figure of a Monkey, 17th Century, Ming Dynasty. The amusing study, cast as a seated monkey, about to devour a peach, held in his right hand. His hair well delineated, ...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Two Bowls with knot shaped design on inside, Ming Era(15th century)
Located in seoul, KR
Two Bowls from the Ming dynasty cargo. A piece identical pattern is included on page 119 of the title 'The Age of Discovery: Asian Ceramics Found Along the Maritime Silk Road'. Peri...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

A Carved Qingbai 'Chrysanthemum' Vase, Song-Yuan Dynasty(13-14th century)
Located in seoul, KR
The ovoid body to a tall neck, the body decorated with a chrysanthemum meander, covered overall in a translucent pale blue glaze. Traces of excavation can be seen in the dirt marks o...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Black glazed bottle, Late Ming Era(16-17th century)
Located in seoul, KR
Black glazed bottle from the late Ming dynasty binh thuan cargo. An identical piece is included on page 146 of the Bin Thuan catalog titled 'The Age of Disco...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Exceptional Lacquered Chinese Console Table
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A finely constructed classic Asian console table with peg construction and handsome graining with a particularly brilliant polished lacquer finish. A fine long table with banded top ...
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20th Century Asian Ming Furniture

Materials

Wood

Chinese Ming Dynasty Architectural Terracotta Roof Tile Figure Qilin Foo Dog pr
Located in Forney, TX
A remarkable pair of large Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) earthenware Imperial roof decorations - ornamental architectural terracotta roof tile beasts. 15th/16th century or earlier, North...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Earthenware, Terracotta

Mid Century Modern Baker Style Black Ming Sofa & Chair Custom Upholstered
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid Century Modern Michael Taylor for Baker Black Ebonized Ming Sofa with Fretwork Back and Chair Set Custom Restored and Newly Upholstered - 2 Piece Set ...
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Mid-20th Century American Ming Furniture

Materials

Mohair, Bouclé, Wood

Vintage Boho Gilt Stopped European Trope Character Bracket
Located in west palm beach, FL
Accentuate your space with our Vintage Boho Gilt tipped European Trope Character Bracket. This unique piece features gilt detailing and characterful design, blending Bohemian charm w...
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Mid-20th Century American Ming Furniture

Materials

Resin, Wood

Vintage Large Ming Style Glazed Light Celadon Green Fixed Ring Porcelain Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Large Ming Style Tall Porcelain Vase, it Features Urn or Bottle Shape with Fixed Ring with Dog Mask
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19th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Celadon, Porcelain

Ming Dynasty Period Scholar's Garden: Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Lacquer Kang Table
Located in Fukuoka, JP
Behold the splendor of Ming Dynasty artistry with this magnificent Kang table (SKU: ZD71), an exceptional piece of furniture from the 16th to 17th century. This table is not merely a...
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16th Century Japanese Antique Ming Furniture

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Wood

Ming Style Asian Hardwood Coffee Table
Located in Fulton, CA
Ming style rectangular coffee table made entirely of a hardwood, appears to be rosewood. Warm glow to original finish. Excellent original condition.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

Swatow Lidded Boxes in the shape of Waves and Flowers, Late Ming Era(16-17th c)
Located in seoul, KR
Small green-glazed boxes from the late Ming dynasty cargo. Identical pieces are included on page 142, 143 of the Bin Thuan catalog titled 'The Age of Discove...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Important Chinese Blue And White Dish, China Wanli Period
Located in Saverne, Grand Est
Slightly lobed dish in eight braces with flared rim with underglaze blue decoration of birds in a garden. Usual frittings on the border and a fine hairline at 12 o'clock (invisible t...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Small Jarlet with arabesque design, Late Ming Era(16-17th century)
Located in seoul, KR
Pair of jarlet from the late Ming dynasty cargo. An identical piece is included on page 145 of the Bin Thuan catalog titled 'The Age of Discovery: Asian Cera...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

2 Vintage Chinoiserie Purple Lacquer Ming Style Slat Back Side Accent Chairs
Located in Dayton, OH
Two vintage Chinese Chinoiserie ming style side chairs featuring purple lacquer with slat backs. Dimensions: 41.5" x 20" x 18", seat 18"
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Late 20th Century Ming Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Lacquer

Mid 20th Century Ming Style Rosewood Coffe Table with Protective Glass Top
Located in Germantown, MD
An exquisite Mid 20th Century Ming Style Rosewood cocktail Table with protective Glass Top. Pristine vintage condition with very light signs of use. Measures 40" in width, 20" in d...
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Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Ming Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair Mid 20th Century Ming Style Rosewood Side Table Cabinets with Glass Top
Located in Germantown, MD
An exquisite Pair of Mid 20th Century Ming Style Rosewood Side Table Cabinets with protective Glass Tops. Pristine vintage condition with very light signs of use. Feature a single t...
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Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Ming Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair Mid Century Henredon Ming Style Walnut Side Tables
Located in Germantown, MD
Pair of Mid Century Henrendon Furniture Ming Style Walnut Side Tables. Measure 26" in width, 26" in depth and 25.5" in height.
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Mid-20th Century American Ming Furniture

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Walnut

Bowl with mandarin duck and lotus pattern design, Late Ming Era(16-17th century)
Located in seoul, KR
Bowl from the late Ming dynasty cargo. An identical piece is included on page 136 of the Bin Thuan catalog titled 'The Age of Discovery: Asian Ceramics Found...
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16th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Pair of Small White porcelain Cup, Late Ming Era(16-17th Century)
Located in seoul, KR
Teacup from the late Ming dynasty shipwreck. An identical piece is included on page 141 of the Bin Thuan catalog titled Asian Ceramic Found along Maritime Si...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Pair of Qingbai Funerary Vases with Daoist figures, Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty
Located in seoul, KR
A pair of large Qingbai jars from the Song or Yuan Dynasty, designed for tomb offerings, featuring tall proportions with short bodies and extended necks. These Mingqi jars, typically...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Cizhou Rectangular Pillow with Carved Decoration, Yuan Dynasty
Located in seoul, KR
Cizhou ware is known for its robust forms and freely applied decoration, often featuring a white slip under clear glaze. The pillow is rectangular, with a slightly curved top surface to accommodate the head of the sleeper. The decoration on this pillow features an incised design, delineated with fine lines to create a clear and simplistic representation. The motif includes floral elements, likely peony or chrysanthemum, and foliage, which were popular during the Song and Yuan periods. The carving is subtle yet skillful, showing the artistry and aesthetic preferences of the era. Period : Yuan Dynasty, 13th-14th Century Type : Pillow Medium : Cizhou Ware Provenance : Acquired in late 1990s from Hongkong Reference : 1) Datong Museum - Cizhou Pillow...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Pottery, Stoneware

Fine Jumu Console Table with Drawers
Located in Greenwich, CT
Fine Jumu wood console table with four drawers and brass fitting. Simple and elegant form. We carry fine quality furniture with elegant finished and has been appeared many times in "...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

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Wood

Standing Green Glazed Pottery Attendant Figure
Located in seoul, KR
This standing attendant male figure is dressed in a front-closing green robe, cinched at the waist with a sash tied in a knot. Atop his head sits a red hat. He adopts a formal pose o...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Pottery

Small Longquan Celadon 'Twin Fish' Dish, Southern Song Dynasty
Located in seoul, KR
The "twin fish" dishes, emblematic of fertility and marital joy, are also recognized as one of the Eight Buddhist symbols. These dishes were prominently produced by the Longquan kiln...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Celadon

Black Lacquer Console Table
Located in Greenwich, CT
Simple black lacquer console table with waterfall legs, elegant color and lines
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Late 20th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Paintings By The Poet Yan Zhen RARE 3-Volume Set 2008
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Yan Zhen born 1930 is a Chinese poet, painter, and calligrapher, best known in China for his writing. Yan has published over 30 works of literature, including poetry, prose, and fict...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Ming Furniture

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Paper

A Ming Dynasty Patinated Bronze Relief Work Vase Turned to a Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Hailing from the Ming period in 16/17th century, this monumental bronze vase is a fine example of the auspicious decor and markings unique to Chinese furnishings. The vase is cast wi...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Ming Furniture

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Bronze

Ming furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Ming 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, decorative objects and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, ceramic and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Ming 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 Century Furniture, George Zee, Broyhill, and Baker Furniture Company. 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 $195 and tops out at $690,000 while the average work can sell for $2,941.

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