Ever since the landmark 1996 sale of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture collection, Christie’s New York has been the leader in the field of fine Chinese furniture, having held numerous trend-setting single owner sales in the genre. This March in New York, Christie’s will offer 13 pieces of Fine Huanghuali Furniture from an Important Private American Collection.
Ming style furniture dating from the 17th and 18th centuries is constructed from huanghuali, or yellow rosewood, the most desirable and highly sought after wood in Chinese furniture construction. Each of 13 item is a superb example of its type and carries an impeccable provenance, having been acquired from renowned dealers in the field.
The highlight of the collection is a magnificent and very rare huanghuali square-corner tapered cabinet, fangjiaogui (estimate: $600,000-800,000). Standing nearly six feet tall, the simplicity and elegance of form of this cabinet is in the classical Ming style. The combination of design, strong proportions and superb craftsmanship lend this cabinet a refined elegance and sense of balance and stability.
One more notable piece is a magnificent and very rare large huanghuali southern official’s hat armchair, or nanguanmaoyi, is also of grand proportions and was constructed in the 17th or early 18th century (estimate: $300,000-500,000). Also on offer is very rare large huanghuali recessed-leg painting table (estimate: $500,000-700,000).
This remarkable grouping, carefully assembled by a single American collector over the course of nearly a decade, will be offered on the market for the first time, providing collectors and connoisseurs alike the rare opportunity to acquire one of these masterpieces.