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A RARE LARGE PAIR OF ZITAN 'LOTUS' ARMCHAIRS
A RARE LARGE PAIR OF ZITAN 'LOTUS' ARMCHAIRS
A RARE LARGE PAIR OF ZITAN 'LOTUS' ARMCHAIRS
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A RARE LARGE PAIR OF ZITAN 'LOTUS' ARMCHAIRS

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A RARE LARGE PAIR OF ZITAN 'LOTUS' ARMCHAIRS
The thick sides and back rails are carved on both sides with lotus flowers and leaves above the seat set within the wide oval frame. The aprons are carved in similar fashion with dense clusters of lotus leaves and flowers issuing from stems carved on the thick, inward-curved legs set into the base stretcher. The legs are carved with further lotus and continue to form the wide foot rest carved in a linear manner with a massive lotus leaf.
39 in. (99.1 cm.) high, 31 in. (78.8 cm.) wide, 25½ in. (64.8 cm.) deep (2)

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The present chairs are quite impressive for their massive size, quality of carving and substantial use of zitan. They relate directly to a group of imperial furniture carved entirely with lotus blossoms, stems and leaves. A nearly identical zitan throne chair carved in similar fashion, although dated to the Ming dynasty, is in the Qing Court collection, Beijing, and is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (I), Hong Kong, 2002, p. 22, no. 11.
A luohanchuang and kang table, apparently from the same workshop and of very closely related design, although dated middle Qing, are illustrated in Ming Qing Gongting Jiaju Da Guan, Beijing, 2006, pp. 62-63, no. 40.

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