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
36" x 23.6" x 18.5" — 91.4 x 60 x 47 cm.
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.
From an Important Toronto Collection