Lot 1666. A rare huanghuali 'four-corners exposed official's hat' armchair, sichutouguanmaoyi, 17th century; 46 in. (116.8 cm.) high, 27 in. (68.5 cm.) wide, 22 in. (55.8 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The curved, protruding crestrail is supported on an S-shaped splat and elegantly curved rear posts which continue to form the rear legs. The curved arms rails are supported on curved stiles and extend beyond the front posts. The soft mat seat is set in the rectangular frame above the beaded, shaped apron carved with floral scroll and beaded spandrels. The legs are joined by stepped stretchers and the foot rest with shaped aprons..
Note: The 'four corners-exposed' armchair is one of the earliest and classic forms found in huanghuali furniture design. The elegant lines and grand proportions of the present chair are especially attractive. A number of variations on this type are known, including those with rounded or squared members, those with carved splats, and those with added decorative carving or embellishment. A similar example dated to the 17th century, and also with arm rails supported on single, curved, tapering, vertical stiles is illustrated by Wang Shixiang and Curtis Evarts, Masterpieces From the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, Chicago and San Francisco, 1995, p. 48. A similarly proportioned chair was sold at Christie's New York, The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part I: Masterworks: Including Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Chinese and Japanese Works of Art, 17 March 2015, lot 50.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2019