• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 290

    A FINELY CARVED ZITAN SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT ARMCHAIR, NANGUANMAOYI

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A FINELY CARVED ZITAN SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT ARMCHAIR, NANGUANMAOYI
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    With stepped top rail supported on rear posts of square section, framing the vase-shaped splat flanked by two carved scrolls and finely carved with a winged monster mask suspending an endless knot and two fish joined by a pendent tassel, the two-panel seat set within a wide rectangular frame above a shaped apron carved with ruyi-head scrolls and archaistic elements, the legs of square section joined by stepped stretchers and a footrest
    42 7/8 in. (108.9 cm.) high, 23 7/16 in. (59.5 cm.) wide, 17 15/16 in. (45.6 cm.) deep


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    An identical, although slightly smaller (99.5 cm.) zitan armchair is in the Liang Yi collection, illustrated by C. Evarts, Liang Yi Collection: Zitan, Hong Kong, 2007, p. 51, no. 11. Also compare the design of twin fish suspended from a knot and ring held in the mouth of a bat, seen on the splat of a Qing dynasty zitan chair in the collection of the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Ming Qing Guting Jiaju Da Guan, vol. II, Beijing, 2006, p. 467, fig. 566.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY