A pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Late Ming dynasty | 明末 黃花梨如意紋圈椅一對
A pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs,
Late Ming dynasty
each of elegant and generous proportion, the horseshoe back surmounting a curved splat, the splat carved with a shaped archaistic medallion and flanked by moulded spandrels decorated with similar archaistic scroll, the armrest supported by S-shaped braces in the middle and front posts that recede inward and tongue-and-grooved with shaped spandrels, the rear posts continue through the seat rail forming the back legs, the legs joined by a footrail and stretchers of ascending heights and decorated with cusped and moulded aprons, reinforced with metal straps at the structural joins
67.5 by 62.5 by h. 102 cm
Both chairs are in overall good condition with expected wear to the surface and minor nicks along the edges, consistent with age and use.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Eastern Pacific Co. (Hei Hung-Lu), Hong Kong, 23rd January 1988.
清康熙時期創新紋飾，見《Chinese Furniture. Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Ch’ing Dynasties》，紐約，
1971年，頁86。他觀察此類圈椅之壺門券口牙子，與唐代案桌上所見相似，參考奈良東大寺正倉院藏唐例，載於 Sarah Handler，《Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture》，柏克萊，2001年，圖版12.6。