Through an exclusive arrangement with Kenlong Development
Company Ltd., a leading Chinese classical furniture maker
based in Beijing, China, Zitantique is pleased to supply museum
quality, investment worthy furniture to United States and
the International market. Zitantique specializes in furniture
hand crafted from the zitan,
but many furniture made from other hardwoods are typically
available, as well. Zitantique offers with a range of traditional
and modern designs, as well as bespoke joinery. In addition
to the product catalog, we also offer design consultations
through a network of seasoned furniture designers based in
San Francisco and Beijing, who understand not only Chinese
Classical Furniture design techniques, but also modern aesthetics.
From design to delivery, the process typically lasts approximately
nine to twelve weeks, depending on the type of wood and the
rare zitan scholar's brush pot made from African zitan
timber as shown to the right. 7 pounds, 9" tall, 7"
square. Mouse-over the left picture to see the details of the
pot. ( Sold, please contact
us for next shipment)
unusual zitan canopy bed (210x190x145 cm) made with
the same African zitan timber as shown to the right.
Mouse-over the left picture to see the detail carving of the
bed. (Special order, please contact
us for pricing)
of the partnership between Zitantique and KenLong Development
Company is a shared commitment to quality and environmentally
responsibility, ensuring that only precious natural resources
harvested in a sustainable fashion are used in cabinetmaking.
One of the greatest challenges of making furniture using rare
tropical hardwood is its scarcity and the daily loss of tropical
habitat that supports it. After the late 19th century, most
of the zitan in China had been depleted by over harvesting.
Since it takes 300 hundred years for a zitan tree to
mature, most of the material available today has been harvested
from young zitan trees smuggled out of Southeast Asia.
Unlike some manufacturers, KenLong has refused to import zitan
from such sources and instead chooses to use other precious
hardwood materials for cabinetmaking when zitan is
recently has KenLong been able to locate a sustainable source
of zitan: an island country off the coast of east Africa.
Under the auspices of the Forestry Stewardship Council, the
Africa Timber Organization and the Center for International
Forestry Research, zitan trees are harvested only after
they have reached full maturity and only in quantities that
ensure that the resource will remain for the long term. KenLong
obtains zitan timber only from suppliers who have complied
with a stringent certification program and obtained permits
for each of the trees to be exported. The majority of the
funds paid for each zitan tree go directly to the country's
environmental conservation program to replant zitan
trees and support other environmental efforts. Zitantique
prides itself on bringing fine examples of traditional Chinese
joinery, made from the highest quality wood, while ensuring
a supply of zitan for future generations.