The 10 Most Expensive Chairs

The 10 Most Expensive Chairs in the World

What is a chair? It is a seat with a backrest and armrests and is one of the most common pieces of furniture in everyday life. The chair is very practical, whether it is at home or in a public place, every place is inseparable from a chair. Its main function is to facilitate people to rest, so its comfort is the main criterion for measuring the quality of a chair.

Unlike Westerners who emphasize the comfort of the furniture, the Chinese emperor’s throne emphasizes not comfort, but dignity. This is a general principle of traditional Chinese furniture design, but it is more evident on the throne. The first principle in the design of the Chinese emperor’s throne is to put the majesty of the royal family and the dignity of the emperor in the first place.

Chinese emperor’s chairs are expensive, they used to fetch sky-high prices at auction. Today I will introduce to you the ten most expensive chairs in the world, and also the ten most expensive chairs in the world auction.

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Throne of "Water Wave Cloud Dragon" Throne with Eight Treasures Cloud Bat Pattern, Emperor Qianlong, China  -  HK$85,780,000
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Throne of “Water Wave Cloud Dragon” Throne with Eight Treasures Cloud Bat Pattern, Emperor Qianlong, China  –  HK$85,780,000

The size of this chair is 110.5×140.5×85.5cm, the age is the Qianlong Emperor of China, the auction time is 2009-10-08, the auction is Hong Kong Sotheby’s 2009 Autumn Auction, his transaction price is HK$85,780,000.

At the 2009 Hong Kong Sotheby’s Autumn Auction, this very rare Qing Qianlong imperial red sandalwood carving eight treasure cloud pattern “Water Wave Cloud Dragon” throne broke the world auction record for Chinese furniture with an auction price of 85.78 million Hong Kong dollars.

This imperial red sandalwood carved throne is a symbol of imperial power in ancient China. It has attracted the attention of senior collectors from all over the world. It has always been a rare piece of high-quality imperial furniture in the auction market.

This chair is carefully crafted from high-quality precious red sandalwood. The texture is fine and tight, the luster is deep and simple, and the pattern of “Water Wave Cloud Dragon” is solemn and majestic. The front and back of the dragon chair are engraved with five patterns of “water waves, clouds, and dragons”.

Due to the thickness of the wood, a very difficult high-relief technique is adopted, so that the patterns are exquisitely embossed and full of three-dimensionality. The extremely difficult high-relief technique was created by the skilled craftsmen of the Qing Palace Building Office.

The whole body is not only made of precious red sandalwood, but also carved with water, waves, clouds, and dragons, and there are official script inscriptions on the backboard. The calligraphy skills are extremely high, which greatly increases its market value.
An Imperial Red Sandalwood Throne with Cloud and Dragon Patterns, Qianlong, Qing Dynasty, China  - HK$83,348,837
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An Imperial Red Sandalwood Throne with Cloud and Dragon Patterns, Qianlong, Qing Dynasty, China  –  HK$83,348,837

This chair is 137cm long, 95cm wide, and 127cm high. The pedal is 93cm long, 38cm wide, and 15cm high. The era is Qianlong, Qing Dynasty, China, and the auction time is 2010-12-05. The auction is the 5th-anniversary autumn auction of China Beijing Poly International Auction Co., Ltd. His transaction price is HK$83,348,837.

This chair is a typical work of the mid-Qing Dynasty in China. The structure adopts the form of three screens, that is, the backrest of the throne and the armrest are composed of measurements. The throne is the highest level of seats in ancient China, only available to the court and the royal family. This throne was once used by the emperor.

This is a piece of heavy furniture made of red sandalwood. The style is exquisite and complete. The seven-screen seat is full of domineering. The workmanship is very fine, and some parts are also painted with gold lacquer. A symbol of splendor and sophistication.

Chinese Ming Dynasty Huanghuali Chair  -  HK$81,026,838
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Chinese Ming Dynasty Huanghuali Folding Chair  –  HK$81,026,838

The size of this chair is 72.5×90×103cm. It is from the Ming Dynasty of China. The auction time is 2010-12-12. The auction is for the Beijing-Forbidden City Ming and Qing Classical Furniture at Nanjing Zhengda Auction House, China. The transaction price is HK$81,026,838.

This folding chair was originally a chair used by generals to go to war and was used on the battlefield. Later, it was also used by the emperor. Folding chairs are made of precious wood or carved lacquer wood, and the mortise and hinge positions are reinforced with metal decoration, which is mostly used by royalty, officials, or scholars. The emperor also used this chair instead of the dragon seat when he was on diplomatic occasions or business trips.

Among the various furniture of the Ming Dynasty in China, the folding chair is the rarest. This folding chair is an improvement from the older, simpler folding stool “Hu Bed”. The foldable design features a stylish horseshoe-shaped seat that folds easily. When folded, the crossbar on the front of the soft drawer is just hidden between the curved angular teeth.

The chair has a complex structure and can be folded for transportation and storage, but due to its fine design, it is prone to wear and tear and is easily damaged. There were only a few huanghuali folding chairs in the Ming Dynasty, only a few dozen in total. Naturally, such well-preserved and well-crafted chairs will not be cheap.

Chinese Ming Dynasty 17th Century Huanghuali Round-Back Chair  -  HK$75,078,120
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Chinese Ming Dynasty 17th Century Huanghuali Round-Back Chair  –  HK$75,078,120

The size of this chair is 92cm in height, 62.2cm in width, and 44.5cm in thickness. The age is the 17th century of Ming China. The auction time is 2015-03-17, and the auction is Christie’s New York March 2015 auction. His transaction price is HK$75,078,120.

In the history of Chinese furniture, with Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty as the boundary, the furniture in the Ming Dynasty and before Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty can be called Ming-style furniture, while the furniture after Qianlong to the end of the Qing Dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China can be classified as Qing-style furniture.

Compared with Qing-style furniture, Ming-style furniture has a higher production level, and the use of hard and dense precious wood such as huanghuali and red sandalwood, elegant color, and the gorgeous pattern is one of the important factors. Every curve of this chair and the thickness of materials are extremely elegant and beautiful, with a strong literati atmosphere.

Chinese Qing Dynasty Qianlong Red Sandalwood Carved Passiflora "Celebrating Longevity" Throne  -  HK$70,465,686
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Chinese Qing Dynasty Qianlong Red Sandalwood Carved Passiflora “Celebrating Longevity” Throne  –  HK$70,465,686

The dimensions of this chair are 115cm high, 125cm wide and 75cm thick. It was dated to the Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty in China, and the auction time was 2011-11-12. The auction was China Guardian 2011 Autumn Auction, and the transaction price was HK$70,465,686.

This chair was made during the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. On the front of the throne back and on both sides of the armrest, you can see the European classic “Passionflower” pattern decoration. Passionflower is the main decorative motif in Europe. Distributed on the front of the throne and the double-sided armrests.

The branches and leaves are full of curls and plump and graceful. There are also Fuqing patterns and gemstone patterns on the front and back panel. The pattern is very neat, and together with the passionflower, it forms a very different combination of Chinese and Western. It has both the atmospheric structure of traditional Chinese furniture and the gorgeousness of European furniture.

Chinese 16th/17th-century Huanghuali Folding Chair with dragon pattern  -  HK$69,470,911
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Chinese 16th/17th-century Huanghuali Folding Chair with dragon pattern  –  HK$69,470,911

The size of this chair is 94cm high, 58.5cm wide, and 81cm deep. The age is the 16th/17th century. The auction time is 2017-11-09. The auction is the Bonhams auction of Chinese handicrafts, his transaction price is HK$69,470,911.

As we all know, Chinese Ming-style furniture is known as the pinnacle of world furniture, and huanghuali material is loved by the world and even the royal family, and its collection value is self-evident.

Qing Qianlong Red Sandalwood Openwork Baroque Throne  -  HK$48,088,411
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Qing Qianlong Red Sandalwood Openwork Baroque Throne  –  HK$48,088,411

The chair is 132cm long, 87cm wide, and 120cm high. The age is the Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty in China. The auction time is 2011-06-05. The auction is Beijing Poly 2011 Spring Auction, his transaction price is HK$48,088,411.

This is a very special throne. The precious red sandalwood aniseed is carved with exquisite openwork craftsmanship, and it is still in Western Baroque style. The back of the chair is a three-sided screen, with a rich western grass pattern, baroque style, embossed narrow sash ring board, horseshoe valgus, with mud, deep color, precious and graceful.

Chinese Qing Kangxi painted black lacquer and gold carved dragon chair  -  HK$43,076,050
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Chinese Qing Kangxi painted black lacquer and gold carved dragon chair  –  HK$43,076,050

This chair is 104cm long, 74cm wide, and 110cm high. The age is the Qing Emperor Kangxi. The auction time is 2009-11-22. The auction is the 2009 autumn auction of Beijing Dacheng International Auction Co., Ltd, his transaction price is HK$43,076,050.

This is a piece of lacquer furniture. The wood surface is painted and painted with gold. Compared with pure wooden furniture, it has a more dazzling appearance. It is a veritable throne for the emperor. Lacquerware has a very long history, dating back to the Qin and Han Dynasties.

Four official hats and chairs of Huanghuali in the early Ming Dynasty, China  -  HK$32,535,144
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Four official hats and chairs of Huanghuali in the early Ming Dynasty, China  –  HK$32,535,144

This chair is 122cm high, 59cm wide, and 47.4cm thick. The age is the end of the 16th/17th century. The auction time is 2011-06-05. The auction is the September 2015 auction of Christie’s New York Ltd, his transaction price is HK$32,535,144.

This chair is a typical Ming-style piece of furniture, with a concise shape and just-right proportions. It seems to be very ordinary, but it is very knowledgeable. The straightness and softness of the lines are both arts. Belong to tall type, sturdy and durable.

A complete set of six Huanghuali rose chairs in the late Ming Dynasty  -  HK$29,900,000
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A complete set of six Huanghuali rose chairs in the late Ming Dynasty  –  HK$29,900,000

This chair is 59.3cm wide, 45.5cm deep and 88.5cm high. The age is late Ming. The auction time is 2015-04-06. The auction is China Guardian Hong Kong 2015 Spring Auction, his transaction price is HK$29,900,000.

This is a six-piece set of rose chairs from the late Ming Dynasty. The structure is hollow and tough, soft and ethereal, and it is of Ming style.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the most expensive office chair? What is the most expensive office furniture?

The most expensive office chair in the world is called Elysium, its price is $26,000, and it is also the most comfortable chair in the world. he is an ergonomic chair. the ergonomic chair is also expensive. From the name of this chair, you can see how comfortable it is. Elysium means Elysium.

Can this chair bring us into Elysium? The Elysium chair was created by David Wicket, a British investor, furniture designer, and Ph.D. in bioengineering. Through 10 years of research, David discovered the formula for balancing posture and gravity, which is at the heart of this chair. According to the chair’s official website, there is a point between sitting and lying down, at which point your weight is evenly distributed and your body can travel through “zero gravity.”

When you lie down in a chair, the angle of the chair changes with your body position and center of gravity, and it responds to the slightest lift of your arm. Lying on such a chair, I can sleep for a day, the price of 26,000 US dollars will wake me up from my dream, how about you?

2. What is the most expensive desk chair?

Throne of “Water Wave Cloud Dragon” Throne with Eight Treasures Cloud Bat Pattern, Emperor Qianlong, China  –  HK$85,780,000.

3. What is the most expensive computer chair?

Acer’s Predator Thronos Air gaming computer chair is currently the most expensive in the world, and it’s priced at $20,000.

Conclude

Chinese Ming and Qing chairs are an important part of Ming and Qing furniture. On the one hand, they are historical relics with important historical and cultural research significance. On the one hand, there are precious hardwoods from a hundred years ago, which are generally precious woods, and the materials are large and complete, which are now very rare furniture products.

It is precisely because of these two reasons that the price of Ming and Qing chairs has been rising all the way, but even so, the demand is still strong. These Ming and Qing chairs are not simple, they are more expensive than houses, and they have become the most expensive chairs in history.