Lot 7
  • 7

A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI CONTINUOUS YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS (NANGUANMAOYI) 17TH / 18TH CENTURY

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
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Description

  • Wood
  • Height 44 in; Width 23 in; Depth 17 3/4 in
each with a shaped headrest set on the curved crestrail, supported on slightly S-shaped backsplat and backposts continuing through the seat frame to form the straight back legs, the sinuous armrails supported on an S-shaped brace and straight front post continuing through the frame to form the front legs, the hard mat seat of standard miter, mortise and tenon construction, the edge molded and tapering inwards, the legs joined by a plain spanedrel-ed apron and a footrail, side and back stretchers of ascending height (2)

Provenance

Collection of General Joseph Stilwell (1883-1946), and thence by descent.
Xanadu Gallery, San Francisco.

Catalogue Note

The present pair of armchairs comeS from the collection of General Joseph W. Stilwell (1883-1946). Born in Florida, and a graduate of the West Point Military Academy, Stilwell distinguished himself early in his career. In World War I he served with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe, as well as in the Philippines. He was also a student of the Chinese language, which garnered him a position as military attache in Peking from 1935 to 1939.  It was during this period that Stilwell most likely acquired the present pair of armchairs. His years of involvement and aid to China were honored in 1991 when the Chinese government opened the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum in Chongqing.

A similar pair of armchairs, taller than the present pair, from the Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 7th October 2015, lot 111.

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