Throne of Qianlong Emperor Breaks Auction Records

  October 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm by

The Throne of a Chinese Emperor from Qing Dynasty’s Qianlong period was sold at Sotheby’s for record-braking $11 million – the highest price for any Chinese piece of furniture ever sold.

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The frenzied bidding lasted 10 minutes, with 36 bids from all over the world. The winning bid by an unnamed Shanghai businessman considerably exceeded the highest estimate of $4 million.

Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, commented after the sale: “This throne was literally the seat of Imperial power and this has aroused enormous interest among discerning collectors from around the world. As the finest piece of Imperial furniture to come to the market in decade, it is appropriate that it has now broken the world auction record for Chinese furniture”.

The “dragon” throne is 140 centimetres long and carved of zitan wood. It feautures carved panes, curved legs and five dragon carving on the back. The number of dragons was not accidental; it represented the “five blessings” of old age, health, virtue, wealth and peaceful death.

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2 Responses to Throne of Qianlong Emperor Breaks Auction Records

  1. The Qing Dynasty of China is a Manchurian run dynasty as opposed to Han-Chinese. I think that it is wonderful that people would put such a heavy price tag on Chinese nobility. If China was captured by the Japanese during World War II, perhaps, Japan’s emperor would today be the emperor of China. Yes?

  2. Cindy Widya Japardi says:


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