Furniture has become a ‘safe haven’ category to collect. With less fakes and easily identified traits, furniture has been setting records in major auction houses around the world. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, tables, cabinets, chairs, stools and architraves were made in various indigenous woods. Materials, condition, age and provenance are the greatest determining factors of value. The differences in value between similar-looking pieces in different woods can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Currently the most valuable woods are zitan and huanghuali, two types of hardwood found, among other places, on China’s largest island, Hainan. If you'd like to find out more about your item in this category, contact us today for a free assessment.