A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial
Lot 161W
A very rare pair of Imperial elaborately-gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 82,780) inc. premium
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A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial A very rare pair of elaborately gilt black lacquer armchairs 18th century, probably Imperial
Lot Details
A very rare pair of Imperial elaborately-gilt black lacquer armchairs
18th century
Decorated in mirror image with a curved central back rail delicately painted in red lacquer and gilt with groups of multi-roofed pagodas beneath pine on the bank of a boisterous river and with three cranes flying above, two with arrows in their beaks, below cloud scrolls and interwined ruyi heads, the flat seat with an elaborate lozenge floral cartouche framed by C-scrolls and alternating ruyi-head and lotus blossom enclosing four bats in shades of gold and apricot lacquer with four smaller sprays at the corners, the frame with deeply-pierced fretwork around the inner edges of the arms and legs and variously decorated with foliate scrolls and diaper grounds, the splat decorated on the reverse with an intertwined peony enclosing four bats below cloud scrolls. 61cm (24in) wide; 48.2cm (19in) deep; 97cm (38 1/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 御製黑漆描金松鶴紋扶手椅一對

    The technique of the opulent and vibrant gilt decoration contrasted against black lacquer was used to great effect in the Qing Imperial Court for a variety of Imperial furniture, from thrones to beds, stands, stools, seats, tables, cabinets, screens, chairs and armchairs as demonstrated in the present lot. This technique can be seen in situ in the Forbidden City in places such as the Yucuixuan and the Cui Yun Guan (Hall of Green Cloud). For examples from the Qing Court Collection, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Hong Kong, 2002, pls.4, 20, 28, 34, 49, 57, 61, 62, 76, 85, 89, 159, 167, 229, and 234.

    The present pair of gilt black lacquer armchairs are very similar to a pair sold by Yamanaka & Co. at the American Art Galleries, New York in January 26-27 1917 in the sale titled Art Treasures from the Imperial Palace Pekin, lot 226; and to a gilt lacquer armchair, then from C.T.Loo & Co., Paris, illustrated by H.Cescinsky in Chinese Furniture, London, 1922, pl.XLV (a).
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