Lot 3503
  • 3503

A 'HUANGHUALI' SADDLE EARLY QING DYNASTY

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 HKD
Sold
100,000 HKD
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Description

  • huanghuali
modelled with the front and back curved like two rounded peaks, with two wide flat straps placed in between with its ends attached to the shafts of the carriage, the centre of the front arch carved with a Buddhist lion with the front paw grasping a brocade ball, the protruding flanges of the straps with two huangtong rings for the reins, the reverse of the arch with a small huangtong ring, each of the arched bridges pierced with an opening near the lower part of the centre

Exhibited

Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and the Romance with Huanghuali wood: The Dr S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1991, pp. 154-155.
The Chinese Collection, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 1997-99.
Grace Wu Bruce presents Ming Furniture from the Collection of Dr S. Y. Yip, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 1999.

Literature

Wang Shixiang, Mingshi Jiaju Yanjiu [Ming Furniture Research], Beijing, 2008, p. 405.

Catalogue Note

These types of saddles made of hardwood, were part of the harness fittings of horse drawn carriages. In Beijing, they were called anqiao ('arched bridge'), because of their shape.
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