Lot 457. A pair of huanghuali armchairs, Meiguiyi, Late Ming - Early Qing dynasty; 91.5 by 56 by 45 cm, 36 by 22 by 17 3/4 in. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
each with a rectangular top rail mortised and tennoned to the stiles, set with a beaded-edge apron shaped with angular scrolls and tongue-and-grooved into the top rail, the stiles continuing through the seat frame and extending as the back legs, the arms mortise and tenon to the stiles and posts, continuing through the seat and extending as the front legs, the hard cane seat bordered by a horizontal stretcher set with vertical pillar-shaped struts below, the front beaded-edged apron carved in low relief with meandering tendrils, the side aprons and the back apron left plain, the front legs joined by a shaped footrest atop a plain shaped apron on the front and aprons on the sides, the legs joined by rounded square stretchers.
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, London.