This pair of 17th century Huanghuali wood chairs with projecting crest rails supported on the elegantly curved splats and curved back rails which continue to form the rear legs, the cane seats set within a rectangular frame above the plain aprons, with curved side aprons, joined with the stepped stretchers and the foot rest above a stepped spandrels. The surface of the wood is excellent. Condition: an age crack on the back section of the seat near a rail.
Provenance: In 1936 Karl Ivan Seaholm purchased the entire collection of royal household furniture from Mr. William Drummond the official representative for the emperor Pu Yi, in 1960 Mr. Lawrence purchased the collection and sold pieces to the Metropolitan Museum in New York as well as other museums.
Size: 33” (83.8 cm) high, 19-7/8” (50.1 cm) crest rail Seat: 17-1/2" (44.45 cm) high, 19-1/2" (49.53 cm) wide,15-3/4" (40 cm) deep