Lot 892. A pair of huanghuali 'official's hat' armchairs, sichutouguanmaoyi, 18th century; 45 ¼ in. (114.9 cm.) high, 23 1/8 in. (58.7 cm.) wide, 18 7/8 in. (47.6 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 180,000 - USD 250,000. Price realised USD 212,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
Each has a protruding crestrail supported on a broad S-shaped splat and curved rear posts which continue to form the rear legs. The curved arms are supported on tapering, curved stiles and curved front posts which continue through the seat frame to form the front legs. The molded seat frame encloses a mat seat above finely beaded, cusped aprons and plain spandrels. The legs are joined by stepped stretchers at the sides and a foot rest at the front.
Note: A pair of yoke-back arm chairs of comparable proportions, with 'four exposed ends' to the yoke and arms cut-off square rather than round, and dated to 17th century, is in The Art Institute of Chicago, one of which is illustrated by L. Mason Jr. in "Examples of Ming Furniture in American Collections Formed Prior to 1980", Chinese Furniture: Selected Articles from Orientations 1984-1999, p. 134, fig. 7.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019