Ming Furniture Ltd. has been located in New York, NY for over 20 years. Our gallery specializes in the sale of museum quality Chinese hardwood and lacquer furniture from the Ming and early Qing dynasties, circa 1500-1775. Over twenty (20) outstanding and unique masterpieces from our holdings, primarily in the highly prized huanghuali and zitan hardwoods, have been sold to and can now be found in important museum collections of Chinese furniture and art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Guanfu Museum, Beijing, and the former Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture in Renaissance, California. The exhibits now available for sale at our gallery bear testimony to their high level of perfection obtained by Ming craftsmen in fashioning quality hardwoods into functional and beautiful pieces.

The historical study in recent years by scholars of excavated material in China attests to a sophisticated tradition of furniture as early as the fourth century, B.C. Although few ancient examples have survived, contemporaneous texts show that social customs and economic prosperity greatly influenced the refinement and development of one of the world’s major furniture traditions, culminating in what is considered the golden age of classic Chinese furniture of the Ming and early Qing dynasties, circa 1500-1775. Since 1987, Ming Furniture Ltd. has witnessed a growing interest in Chinese furniture from museums as well as discerning private collectors. The availability of study material in institutional and private collections and the publication of research by scholars such as Dr. Sarah Handler, Dr. Craig Clunes, Dr. Nancy Berliner, and Wang Shixiang have stimulated this process.

Ming Furniture Ltd. is available to consult and advise both institutional and private collectors in all matters pertaining to the sale, purchase, restoration, and appraisal of furniture from this great art form.

telephone: 212-734-9524
e-mail: mingfurnitureltd@yahoo.com