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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2269

    A RARE SET OF TWO ZITAN ARMCHAIRS AND A CORNER-LEG TABLE

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SET OF TWO ZITAN ARMCHAIRS AND A CORNER-LEG TABLE
    QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Each chair solidly constructed with elaborately carved back panels in the form of elongated, formalized and archaistic kui dragons, the design repeated on each side below the arm rest, the carved aprons connected to beaded square section legs joined by humpback stretchers above the feet, the accompanying corner-leg low table with an intricately carved apron and spandrels, inset into the top frame and beaded square legs with humpback floor stretchers near the feet

    The chairs: 37.5 in. (95 cm) high, 25.5 in. (65 cm) wide
    The table: 22 7/8 in. (56 cm) high, 17 3/4 in (45 cm) wide
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    Furniture made of zitan wood was highly appreciated in the Qing dynasty and it reflects the aesthetics value and life style preference of the period. Zitan furniture of the Qing dynasty is more decorative and elaborate than the Ming style of 17th century. The wood is dense and dark in colour, these characteristics provide the perfect material to display the elaborate carving.

    Compare to two very similar sets of zitan armchairs and a corner-leg table, previously sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2007, lots 142 and 143 which may originally have come from the same set.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY