20 mars 2021

A rare pair of huanghuali 'official's hat' armchairs, 19th-early 20th century







Lot 835. A rare pair of huanghuali 'official's hat' armchairs, 19th-early 20th century; 44 ½ in. (113 cm.) high, 23 ¾ (60.3 cm.) in. wide, 19 in. (48.3 cm.) deepEstimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 425,000. © Christie's 2021 

The strongly curved crestrail is supported on curved rear posts and an S-curved back splat, with outward curving arms supported on curved front posts above the mat seat. The whole is raised on round-section legs joined by straight stretchers and a footrest at the front.

ProvenanceRobert and William Drummond, New York.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York.
Acquired from the above in 1974

NoteThe form of the present pair of armchairs is often called 'four corner's-exposed', and is one of the earliest classic forms found in huanghuali furniture design. A number of variations on this type are known, including those with rounded or cut-off squared members such as the present pair, those with plain splats, and those with added decorative carving or embellishment.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 18 march 2021

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