Rare Offering of a HONGMU 'SOUTHERN OFFICIAL'S HAT' ARMCHAIR, NANGUANMAOYI. Qing Dynasty, 19th Century China. This fine chair has a shaped top rail continuing to curved back rails and is supported on the slightly S-curved backsplat carved with a fantastically detailed bat holding a ribbon in its mouth, suspended from this is a peach and tassles. The bat represents felicity or happiness and the peach symbolizes fertility, longevity and immortality. The curving armrests are supported by serpentine standing stiles and terminating in the front posts. The front legs are joined by a finely shaped apron and further joined below by stepped stretchers. The footrest is supported on a narrow, plain apron matching the apron above. The whole is fashioned with tenon joinery. The wood being either Hongmu or Huanghuali. The condition is fine with a couple of minor restorations and some dark ring staining on the seat. One professional restoration to the top left portion of the rail and a small crack to the edge of the seat. Fine piece of Antique Chinese furniture, it displays beautifully and is quite substantial in weight and quality of workmanship. Rare find with similar examples commanding several thousands of dollars and only being featured in the major auction houses like Christies. A nearly identical chair sold at Bonhams S.F. in 2013 for $7500. Email me for details. Offers will be gladly entertained.
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