Take this one for instance.
It sits now in a modest apartment in Guangzhou. But it’s last address was the home of a landowner. During the cultural revolution, the landowner decided that something so splendid might be held against him by the rampaging Red Guard.
So the landowner sold it to a local peasant for a tiny sum. And the peasant said, "Yes" and the object changed hands.
Now it is not known whether this was enough to spare the landowner the fury of the Red Guard. Probably not, one guesses. Great furniture can be laundered in a way that great houses and reputations cannot. Perhaps the idea was to get rid of anything smashable, because once the kids started smashing, things would spin quickly out of control. The other possibility is that the jettisoned this chair because he wanted to find a place of safety for it.
None of this is clear. I asked the present owner whether it wasn’t a dangerous object to own and he said, "no," he came from a very long line of peasants and no one would begrudge him it.