Lot 128. A pair of huanghuali low-back armchairs, meiguiyi, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty; 86 by 59 by 45 cm., 33 7/8 by 23 1/4 by 17 3/4 in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 5,480,000 HKD (629,959 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
Exhibited: The Chinese Collections, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 1997-99, p. 124.
Grace Wu Bruce, Feast by a Wine Table Reclining on a Couch: The Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture III, Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2007, cat. no. 3, pp. 32-33.
Grace Wu Bruce, Grace Wu Bruce presents a Choice Selection of Ming Furniture from the Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2012, pp. 34-35.
Literature: Catherine Maudsley, ed., Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Hong Kong, 1998, p. 125.
Note: "A classic literati type of chair for scholars to sit fairly upright, with minimal support to the mid-back so as not to induce sleep. It would be delicious to own this pair from the original set of four – the other two being at the Victoria and Albert Museum!"
Rose chairs are one of three types of classic Ming chair designs. The prototype of rose chairs was already seen in Song paintings, such as the Eighteen Scholars, where they were used by the literati in halls and gardens.
These chairs are identical to the pair in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, probably from the same set, published in Craig Clunas, Chinese Furniture, Victoria and Albert Museum Far Eastern Series, London, 1988, p. 30.
Sotheby's. Ming Furniture – The Dr S Y Yip Collection, Hong Kong, 07 October 2015