15 September 2009
A RARE PAIR OF LARGE ZITAN ARMCHAIRS
Each of massive proportions and solidly constructed with elaborately carved openwork splats in the form of elongated, formalized and archaistic kui dragons or fenghuang, the design repeated on each side below the arm rests, the shaped aprons carved with archaistic scroll above beaded legs of square section joined by humpback stretchers raised on four short tabs
42¾ in. (108.6 cm.) high, 29 in. (73.7 cm.) wide, 24¾ in. (62.9 cm.) deep (2)
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.
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Compare two very similar, though smaller pairs of zitan armchairs, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3 December 2008, lots 2269 and 2270.
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