• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1229

    A RARE IMPERIAL GILT-DECORATED ZITAN AND HARDWOOD THRONE CHAIR

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE IMPERIAL GILT-DECORATED ZITAN AND HARDWOOD THRONE CHAIR
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The back and side rails formed by archaistic scroll framing three panels deeply carved on the front with writhing five-clawed dragons amidst clouds, and lacquered and gilded with a similar design on the reverse, the lacquered seat enclosed by the shaped frame carved with archaistic scroll and stylized florets, above a narrow reticulated gilt-decorated waist and shaped, beaded aprons carved with stylized lotus scroll, all supported on inward-curved legs terminating in reticulated upturned leaf-form feet
    37¾ in. (96 cm.) high, 50 in. (127 cm.) wide, 39½ in. (100.3 cm.) deep


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    The elegant lotus scroll on the apron and the graceful upturned leaf-form feet found on the present throne are closely related to that found on another zitan throne in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Ming Qing Guting Jiaju Da Guan, Beijing, 2006, pl. 56, where it is dated to the middle Qing dynasty. Like the Palace example, the present throne would likely have been set into a base stretcher for additional support. It is also interesting to compare the similarity between the painted and gilded dragons on the exterior rails of the present throne with those found on an Imperial throne in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, illustrated by R. Jacobsen and N. Grindley, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 20.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Berkeley, California in 1977.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct title for this lot should be 'A RARE IMPERIAL GILT-DECORATED ZITAN AND HARDWOOD THRONE CHAIR'.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PHILIP WOOD, SAN FRANCISCO