A pair of fine huanghuali horseshoe armchairs, China, 17th century. Estimate 20 000 €. Photo Nagel
Flat, square hard seat on corner legs with a frontal carved apron, strechers and foot rest; the curved back rest on posts and a back panel with carved dragon medallions. H. 100 cm. Minor rest.
For a discussion on horseshoe-back armchairs, see. R. H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch’ing Dynasty, New York, 1971, pp. 86-87, and Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1990, pp. 43-45
Examples of this popular form in huanghuali include a pair with carved ruyi heads on the splats, illustrated by Wang Shixiang and Curtis Evarts in Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, Chicago and San Francisco, 1995, p. 56, no. 26, and later sold at Christie’s New York, 19 September 1996, lot. 99; another pair sold at Christie’s New York, 21 March 2014, lot 2247. A single huanghuali horseshoe-back armchair, carved in similar fashion, is illustrated by R. H. Ellsworth Chinese Furniture: One Hundred Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 1996, pp. 68-9; no. 14, where it is dated to the late Ming dynasty, ca. 1600-1650. See, also, the 17th century pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs with carved sold at Christie’s New York, 15-16 September 2011, lot. 1335.
Nagel. « Asian Art ». Sale 717, 2014/12/08