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PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA FAMILY COLLECTION

A PAIR OF 'ZITAN' YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA FAMILY COLLECTION

A PAIR OF 'ZITAN' YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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A PAIR OF 'ZITAN' YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
each with a gently curving crestrail slightly flattened and widened towards the center and ending in rounded swept back ends, the bowed rear posts tenoned to the underside of the 'yoke', extending through the seat rail forming the back legs, the serpentine-form splat with a beaded circular medallion enclosing a lush peony bloom borne on a leafing branch, the sinuous arms supported on recessed shaped braces and tapering S-form center stiles, the molded rectangular seat frame of standard miter, mortise and tenon construction ending in a molded, inward tapering beaded edge, enclosing a hardwood seat, the front apron cusped and barbed with beaded edge extending to long flange brackets, the sides with beaded crescent-form aprons,  the slightly splayed legs joined by four stretchers of ascending height, the foot rest with shaped apron (2)
Height 47 in., 119.4 cm; Width 22 1/2  in., 57.2 cm; Depth 18 5/8  in., 47.3 cm
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Provenance

Acquired in the 1960s-80s, and thence by descent. 

Catalogue Note

Ming-style zitan armchairs are rare. The dense, fine grain of the wood allows the carver to create very spare lines and crisp details. The resinous quality of the wood creates a mellow luster which subtly highlights the elegant movement of the chairs' sinuous lines.  A similar zitan armchair, attributed to the Ming dynasty, with the same carved center medallion but with continuous arms is illustrated along with a detail of the peony medallion in Wang Shixiang, Classic Chinese Furniture Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 50. A pair of plain yokeback armchairs, also attributed to the Ming dynasty, is illustrated in Zitan The Most Noble Hardwood, Hong Kong, 1996, pp 34-35.

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