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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    A HEXAGONAL HUANGHUALI ARMCHAIR

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A HEXAGONAL HUANGHUALI ARMCHAIR
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    The arm rails and stepped back rails of rounded section enclosing shaped, beaded aprons and spandrels, above the wide hexagonal frame enclosing the soft mat seat, the legs of rounded section joined front and sides by shaped, beaded aprons and spandrels, with stepped stretchers and a plain footrest above a narrow apron
    31½ in. (80 cm.) high, 23 5/8 in. (60 cm.) wide, 18 in. (45.7 cm.) deep


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    Several examples of hexagonal armchairs have been published. See a pair of early 18th century examples illustrated by R.H. Ellsworth et. al., in Chinese Furniture: One Hundred Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 1996, pp. 88-9, no 24. See, also, the hexagonal armchair with tall back and curved, three-part splat, illustrated by Wang Shixiang et. al., Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, vol. II, Hong Kong, 1990, p. 51, no. A80.
    A related example in tielimu, although with crestrails framing standing posts and a small centered splat, is illustrated by Tian Jiaqing et. al., in Classic Chinese Furniture of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 97, no. 29, where the author mentions that the armchair is in the form of a five-paneled screen.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 23 September 1997, lot 449.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION