Lot 116
A Pair of Huanghuali ‘Taishi’ Armchairs, 19th Century

Carved with a stylized chilong fret patterns of the back and side panels, the wood demonstrating warm honey patina and attractive huanghuali wood grain, matted seats

height 36.0" x width 23.6"
height 91.4 cm x width 60.0 cm
depth 18.5"
depth 47.0 cm


Est. $25000/30000
Realised: $33600
Auction Date: 06/12/2017


Provenance: From an Important Toronto Collection

Note: The taishi style of armchairs was popular mid to late Qing dynasty, characterized by a width-wise rectangular seat area, with width more than depth. This created a sense of authority and luxury to the beholder. The taishi armchair was considered a scaled down version of a throne, hence the term ‘taishi’ as ‘supreme tutor’, a title used for the imperial tutor of the crown prince.


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