A very rare and outstanding huanghuali folding horseshoe-back armchair, jiaoyi, Late Ming dynasty | 明末 黃花梨圓後背交椅
A very rare and outstanding huanghuali folding horseshoe-back armchair, jiaoyi,
Late Ming dynasty
of elegant and generous proportions, the horseshoe back surmounting a plain splat flanked by cusped and beaded spandrels, the arm supported on S-curved and circular-section arm posts which continue through the seat frame forming the front legs, the posts with shaped spandrels and change to square-section at the crook and at the pivot of the legs, further strengthened with damascened iron 'bamboo-and-vase' braces between the arm and the posts, and with ruyi-shaped braces within the crook, the front seat rail detailed with cusped beading, the pivoting footrest supported by short cabriole legs and mounted with damascened iron with a design of two rhinoceros horns flanking a coin, each structural joins reinforced with damascened iron mounts, some with scrolling tendril design
71.2 by 67.2 by h. 102.8 cm
The chair is in overall very good condition, especially as such chairs were designed to be folded and therefore often more prone to damage. The front-left leg (as you sit in the chair), and possibly the iron mount at the bottom, has been replaced. Some of the metalwork, including the ruyi-shaped braces within the crook, one of the metal straps to the crescent seat rail may be old replacements as can be expected; Some of the joints may have been reinforced as can be expected, including one joint at the base of the footrest; Some general age cracks and surface wear including small dents and light scratches consistent with use and age.
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La Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris, 10th September 1968.
Collection of Arthur M. Sackler, 1968-96.
Collection of Else Sackler, 1996-2001.
Collection of Dr Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2001.
Christie's New York, 20th September 2001, lot 254 and cover.
Nicholas Grindley, London, 2001.
La Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes 藝廊，巴黎，1968年9月10日
Michel Beurdeley, Chinese Furniture, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco, 1979, p. 80, pl. 105.
Michel Beurdeley，《Chinese Furniture》，東京、紐約及三藩市，1979年，頁80，圖版105