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Rare Huanghuali Chairs on Sale at Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Auction

An Extremely Rare and Important Pair of Huanghuali Horseshoe-Back Armchairs, Quanyi Ming Dynasty, 17th Century
(Courtesy: Christie’s )

Christie’s, London, will soon be hosting an exhibition of fine Chinese ceramics and other works of art as part of their upcoming auction to be held on November 7, 2017.

The exhibition spans three millennia of Chinese art. On exhibit will be archaic bronzes from the collection of German collector Michael Michaels (1907-1986). Apart from these, imperial ceramics, fine jade carvings, Huanghuali furniture, paintings, textiles, and Buddhist art will also be on display. The sale will feature a rare pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, from Ming Dynasty; price estimated to be from £800,000 - £1,200,000. These are among the eight published and known chairs of this design. A set of four from the collection of Robert H. Ellsworth were sold at 2015 Christie’s for a record-breaking price of $9,685,000 / £6,488,950 / €9,103,900. Other items include a late Shang dynasty (1600-1100BC) bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, and a white jade archaistic phoenix vase and cover belonging to Qianlong Period (1736-1795).

Huanghuali is a Chinese term that literally translates to yellow flowering pear wood. Furniture made from this wood is highly valuable and sought after, and came to prominence during Ming Dynasty. This type of furniture has a distinct aroma and a yellowish red tint to the wood. Christie’s is a known name in the art business. It conducts over 350 auctions annually covering 80 categories. It includes all areas of Fine and Decorative Arts, along with jewelry, photographs, collectibles, and wines.

Christie’s “Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art” viewing of lots will run from November 3 through November 6, 2017. The auction will take place on November 7, 2017 at Christie’s, 8 King Street Street, James’s, London.

For details, visit: www.christies.com/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.