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A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS
A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS
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A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS

19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI 'OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIRS
19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY
The strongly curved crestrail is supported on curved rear posts and an S-curved back splat, with outward curving arms supported on curved front posts above the mat seat. The whole is raised on round-section legs joined by straight stretchers and a footrest at the front.
44 ½ in. (113 cm.) high, 23 ¾ (60.3 cm.) in. wide, 19 in. (48.3 cm.) deep
Provenance
Robert and William Drummond, New York.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York.
Acquired from the above in 1974.
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The form of the present pair of armchairs is often called 'four corner's-exposed', and is one of the earliest classic forms found in huanghuali furniture design. A number of variations on this type are known, including those with rounded or cut-off squared members such as the present pair, those with plain splats, and those with added decorative carving or embellishment.

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