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A RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIR
A RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIR
A RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIR
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A RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIR

17TH-18TH CENTURY

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A RARE HUANGHUALI HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIR
17TH-18TH CENTURY
The graceful three-part crestrail is raised on an S-curved backsplat carved with a ruyi-medallion enclosing a pair of chilong confronting a flaming pearl above the mat seat and cusped, beaded aprons and beaded spandrels. The whole is raised on round-section legs joined by stepped stretchers and a footrest at the front.
38 ¼ in. (97.2 cm.) high, 25 ¼ in. (64.2 cm.) wide, 21 in. (53.4 cm.) deep
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Christie's New York, 4-5 September 2002, lot 137.
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Horseshoe-back armchairs of this type are represented in many public and private collections. The major distinguishing feature, other than the form of these chairs, is the decorative carving usually found on the splat and the apron, such as a ruyi medallion. The present chair has the rare design of a pair of chilong confronted on a flaming pearl within a shaped medallion. A single huanghuali horseshoe-back armchair with similarly carved splat was sold at Christie's New York, The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part II: Chinese Furniture, Scholar’s Objects and Chinese Paintings, 17 March 2015, lot 139 and illustrated R. H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch'ing Dynasties, New York, 1971, p.127, pl. 18.

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