What is the most expensive furniture in the world?
All pieces of antique furniture that set price records at the auctions of the largest auction houses in the world, be it the throne of Chinese emperor Qianlong, the Faberge chair or the chair with dragons by Eileen Gray, are real works of art and striking examples of furniture design of their time.
Having such items in your collection is the dream and goal of many wealthy collectors, and often a real struggle unfolds for them.
Chair Faberge work of the master Michael Pershin
Price: $ 2.28 million
When the name of Faberge is pronounced, the image of the world-famous Easter eggs and jewelry made by the masters of the same name firm immediately appears in the head. With furniture it is almost not associated. Nevertheless, they were made, but in very limited quantities, however, and in the work on larger forms, the Faberge craftsmen kept the mark and put their soul into the work.For four whole years - from 1899 to 1903 - the master Mikhail Pershin spent it in order to create a genuine masterpiece of furniture art: a chair based on the preserved sketches of a German artist and architect Leo von Klenz (1784–1864). At Sotheby's New York auction in April 2007, the total amount of sales exceeded the maximum estimated by $ 780,000.
A pair of Italian sofas of the mid-18th century
Price: $ 2.77 million
The name of the artist (it was the artist, not the cabinet maker), who designed the design of the two sofas, which were auctioned off at Sotheby's London auction in July 2011, is shrouded in mystery. There are only versions: according to the first, it was Lorenzo de Ferrari (1680–1744), according to the second - Domenico Parodi (1668–1740). Both were renowned artists of their time, who did not disdain to make money by developing the design of pieces of furniture. Presumably, the sofas were made in the period from 1740 to 1744 and could well be one of the last works of both de Ferrari and Parodi. Originally, the sofas were in the now preserved building of the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa, then they ended up in America, then in England, where they were put up for auction, which ended with a record result.
Bed times of the emperor Qianlong from the Qing dynasty
Price: $ 2.97 million
In imperial China, court cabinet makers created real works of furniture art for the Son of Heaven and his entourage. During the years of turmoil after the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, part of the furniture was lost, part of it was taken out of the country. And the bed since the emperor Qianlong from the Qing dynasty, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction in October 2010, is a clear proof of this. This is a wonderful work of Chinese court craftsmen: sandalwood was used to create it, and more than one year was spent on elaborate carving. Therefore, it is quite natural that the maximum estimate was easily exceeded by 3.06 million Hong Kong dollars.
Dressing table by William Savery
Price: $ 4.48 million
Dressing table, sold at Sotheby's auction in January 2009, is another masterpiece of American furniture design of the XVIII century. His creation is attributed to William Sayvery, a master of cabinetmaker, well known in Philadelphia, whose tables that have come down to our day can be counted again on the fingers of one hand. Therefore, when his dressing table was sold 7.5 times more expensive than the maximum estimate, setting a price record,this was the expected result. Indeed, exactly a year before, six chairs of Savery's work were auctioned for a record $ 2.1 million. It is noteworthy that the dressing table was kept for more than a century and a half by the descendants of its first owner John Johnson and was first put up for auction during the Great Depression.
Secretary of the era of Louis XV
Price: $ 5.1 million
The best works of the famous French master of Dutch origin, Bernard II van Rizamburg, are the adornments of many museum and private collections, and the appearance of his dressers or secretaries at auction sales immediately cause a stir. Van Rizamburg used the very laborious and expensive for his time Japanese technique of drawing an image on the surface of furniture, and not only authentic technique was used, but also materials - for example, the famous Japanese varnish, which was very difficult to get because of the then closed nature of the Land of the Rising Sun. It is clear why in December 2012 at the London auction of Cristie's the secretary, made by the master in 1756-57, was sold for more than 3 million pounds.
1750 Reginald Luce Stool
Price: $ 5.2 million
Stools made by master cabinetmakers in the 18th century in the territory of New England (primarily Pennsylvania) and which have survived to this day in more or less good preservation can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And this is not an exaggeration. The most famous of them is exhibited not just anywhere, but in the Metropolitan Museum. They are real works of American furniture art of the XVIII century. Therefore, when one of the stools appeared at Sotheby's New York auction in September 2008, a serious struggle was developed for it: the sale price exceeded the maximum estimate by 10.4 times! It is curious that when the stool was put up for auction the previous time in the middle of the twentieth century, its cost was only $ 10,000.
English dresser era of George III
Price: $ 5.98 million
Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is the largest English master cabinet maker of the Rococo and Early Classicism. His works are the pinnacle of British furniture art of the 18th century. When pieces of furniture created by Chippendale are put up for sale, they always enjoy success with wealthy collectors. And Sotheby's London auction, held in December 2010, did not become an exception. An exquisite dresser of his work was launched under the hammer, setting a new price record.