A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS, NANGUANMAOYI
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS, NANGUANMAOYI
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS, NANGUANMAOYI
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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS, NANGUANMAOYI

17TH-18TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS, NANGUANMAOYI
17TH-18TH CENTURY
Each has a straight top rail of round section continuing to straight corner posts and extending to the back legs below the rectangular frame with a mat seat. The elegantly curved back splat is carved with a ruyi-form medallion enclosing a chilong. The curved arms continue to the front corner posts and are supported on slim, tapering stiles above a shaped, beaded apron carved with floral scroll. The legs are joined by stepped stretchers and the foot rest, above plain aprons on the front and sides.
39 in. (99.1 cm.) high, 23 5/8 in. (60 cm.) wide, 17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm.) deep

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A pair of huanghuali 'southern official's hat' chairs from the Museum of Chinese Classical Furniture Collection, similarly left undecorated, with the exception of a ruyi-form roundel on the back splat, was sold at Christie's New York, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September 1996, lot 47. Compare, also, a set of four huanghuali 'southern official's hat' armchairs sold at Christie's New York, 20-21 March 2014, lot 2292.

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