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$ 79,988) inc. premium

Lot Details
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
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).
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
W Shipping & handling restrictions apply

Objects displayed with a w will be located in the Bonhams Warehouse and will only be available for collection from this location.

Contacts
  1. Chinese Art (UK)
    Auction Administration - Chinese Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8248
    FaxFax: +44 20 7495 5251
Similar Items