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PROPERTY FROM A MIDWESTERN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PAIR OF 'HUANGHUALI' ARMCHAIRS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
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PROPERTY FROM A MIDWESTERN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PAIR OF 'HUANGHUALI' ARMCHAIRS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
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A PAIR OF 'HUANGHUALI' ARMCHAIRS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
each composed of slender cylindrical members, with a straight  extending crestrail with truncated ends, above a rectangular splat carved with a central ruyi medallion, the side posts, reinforced with strap metal mounts, continuing through the seat frame forming the rear legs, the straight arms  extending beyond the front posts, further secured with strap metal mounts and a central strut, the soft-mat seat set within a molded-edge frame, the legs joined by aprons comprised of humpback stretchers to the front and sides with vertical struts and a plain spandreled apron to the rear, the side stretchers and footrest all above shaped aprons (2)
Height 36 in., 91.4 cm; Width 22 3/8  in.,  56.8 cm; Depth 18 in., 45.7cm
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Provenance

Charlotte Horstmann and Gerald Godfrey Ltd., Hong Kong, 2002.

Catalogue Note

The pair of armchairs, with its clean, restrained lines represents a subtle shift in taste seen at the beginning of the 18th century. In addition to continued admiration for classic Ming dynasty forms, the literati of the Kangxi period also cultivated an aesthetic that was more spare in design. The slim posts and rail create a simple outline that belies the strength of the fine grained wood and the skill of the joiner.
A related armchair but with an arched crestrail, from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Piccus, was sold at Christie's New York, 18th September 1997, lot 77. Compare also an example with straight toprail from the Shanghai Museum illustrated in Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, vol. II, Hong Kong, 1990, pl. A69.

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