Lot 1202. A rare huanghuali ‘Southern official’s hat’ armchair, nanguanmaoyi, 17th-18th century. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000Price realised USD 269,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016

The curved crest rail is supported on curved rear posts and a deeply curved back splat, with unusual beaded spandrels where the crest rail meets the rear posts. The arms are supported on slender standing stiles and terminate in the front posts, with similar beaded spandrels where the arms meet the front posts. The mat seat is enclosed in the rounded rectangular frame over continuous beaded aprons and spandrels, and is raised on legs of round section joined by a foot rest in the front and stepped stretchers at the sides and back. 41 ¾ in. (106 cm.) high, 21 ¾ in. (55.2 cm.) wide, 21 ¼ in. (54 cm.) deep

Provenance : Acquired in Paris in the 1930's and thence by descent.

Notes: The 'southern official's hat' armchair differs from the official's hat armchair in that its crest rail continues into the back rails as opposed to extending beyond them. The present chair has the added unusual feature of spandrels beneath the crest rail and below the arms. A chair of this type is illustrated by Sarah Handler in Ming Furniture in the Light of Chinese Architecture,Berkeley, 2005, p. 117. Another example with a burl-inset backsplat, dated to the 17th/early 18th century, is illustrated by M. Flacks, Classical Chinese Furniture: a very personal point of view, London, 2011, p. 50.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 16 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza