Asian Art Auction

June 12, 2017

LOT 116

Lot 116

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

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

Estimate $25,000-$30,000

Realised: $33,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


From an Important Toronto Collection


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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LOT 116

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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