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FINE & IMPORTANT PAIR OF HUANGHUALI YOKEBACK ARMCHAIRS (GUANMAO YE). Chinese, late 17th, early 18th century. Each arched crestrail with sloping neckrest continuing to boldly backswept projecting ends supported on gently curving stiles centering the conforming undulating splat carved with a vine and cloud image within a shaped medallion. The outscrolled arms joined to tapering medial supports, the front supports similarly shaped and with lobed spandrels, centering the rectangular seat fitted with a soft mat within a molded frame. Seat frame with square molded edge raised on cylindrical legs each set with molded square apron, the front apron with molded scalloped edge. All joined by a shaped box stretcher, each side with aprons, the front forming a flattened foot rest. Note: These armchairs were the most prestigious of household seating furniture. The type, known as guanmao ye or “official’s hat chair”, refers to the resemblance of the crestrail to the extended wings of an official’s cap. SIZE: 46″ h x 24-1/4″ w x 22″ d. 20-1/2″ h of seat. PROVENANCE: From the Richard B. Hobart Collection. Purchased in 1921 in Beijing by Janet E. Hobart (see photo). Pair of chairs have remained in the Hobart family ever since. Hobart Collection established the benchmark for the Chinese antiquities market in the United States at two famous sales conducted at Sotheby’s, New York December 12, 1969 and also in 1970. CONDITION: With exceptional deep warm honey red/brown tones and with accentuated graining. Rich undisturbed patina. Structurally overall very good. Note: one spandrel, beneath proper left arm of one chair is missing its lower section. 9-24287 (400,000-600,000)
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