A Chinese Huanghuali document box with baitong mounts
18th century, possibly earlier
H. 6 x W. 34.8 x D. 17.5 cm
Dalbergia odorifera, or Chinese rosewood is one of the most valued wood species in China and is known as huali (花梨) or huanghuali (黄花梨). The highest quality furniture from the late Ming and early Qing dynasties was made of this wood and was only intended for the Emperor, nobility, or highest-ranking officials.
Property of a Dutch diplomat stationed in Beijing between 1962 and 1964