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  • A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY
  • A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY
  • A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY
  • A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY
  • A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY

A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY

Gallery Price: £14,500

The soft cane seat is set within a square frame with soft curved edge above a narrow waist and shaped aprons with plain edge that join the generously proportioned square section legs with humpbacked stretchers and soft curved square section stiles, with legs terminating on hoof feet.

20 in. (51 cm.) high, 29 7/8 in. (76 cm.) square

Large square huanghuali meditation stools are very rare. Christies see one appear on the market in 1994, and the following example among the Marcus Flacks family collection in 2016. Both examples are 17thC. Sothebys on the other hand sees one example (closely related in form to the present work) appear in the autumn of 2002 in New York, but have not had another since. None have appeared at Bonhams over the same period. With exception to some famous dealers in Hong Kong (such as Andy Hei who actually had {/ has ?} a pair) little to no square huanghuali meditation stools, or CHANDENG, have appeared on the Global Chinese Art Auction Market (GCAAM) over the previous twenty years or more. The present example with generously proportioned components and slightly tapered overall form, providing the user with a steady platform for enlightenment without sacrificing elegance, is in addition to being an extremely rare find in itself, a work of rare aesthetic balance. We generally attribute austere design with generously proportioned components to the latter part of the classic period, ie: just prior to Qianlong, or in fact even within the earlier part of the Qianlong period itself. The present example, apart from the soft caned seat (that we expect to be re-done from time to time) and with original crazed and flaking lacquer below the seat, underfoot dry rot, and warm but light golden brown patina; has all the attributes commensurate with a work of this age, and certainly by all accounts appears to be of the period.

A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE MEDITATION STOOL, CHANDENG 18TH CENTURY

Large square huanghuali meditation stools are very rare. Christies see one appear on the market in 1994, and the following example among the Marcus Flacks family collection in 2016. Both examples are 17thC. Sothebys on the other hand sees one example (closely related in form to the present work) appear in the autumn of 2002 in New York, but have not had another since. None have appeared at Bonhams over the same period. With exception to some famous dealers in Hong Kong (such as Andy Hei who actually had {/ has ?} a pair) little to no square huanghuali meditation stools, or CHANDENG, have appeared on the Global Chinese Art Auction Market (GCAAM) over the previous twenty years or more. The present example with generously proportioned components and slightly tapered overall form, providing the user with a steady platform for enlightenment without sacrificing elegance, is in addition to being an extremely rare find in itself, a work of rare aesthetic balance. We generally attribute austere design with generously proportioned components to the latter part of the classic period, ie: just prior to Qianlong, or in fact even within the earlier part of the Qianlong period itself. The present example, apart from the soft caned seat (that we expect to be re-done from time to time) and with original crazed and flaking lacquer below the seat, underfoot dry rot, and warm but light golden brown patina; has all the attributes commensurate with a work of this age, and certainly by all accounts appears to be of the period.

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