A pair of stunning Chinese Classical chairs from The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection was sold at Sotheby’s for $1.2 million, last week. A founder of St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, Father Fabian had a keen eye for in Chinese art and was known to acquire his first piece of Chinese furniture, a pair of chairs, in 1974 from a small Connecticut antique shop.
The entire collection includes 63 classical pieces of furniture ranging in date from the late Ming to early Qing dynasty and includes a pair of Huanghuali Latticework Cabinets with book-matched panels, an exquisitely carved Huanghuali Bamboo-Style Horseshoe-back Armchair, several smaller scholar’s objects and the very-rare pair of Huanghuali and Burlwood Fu-Character Yokeback Armchairs.
The Yokeback Armchairs feature a gently curving crestrail, slightly flattened and widened towards the center, while its bowed rear posts are tenoned to the underside of the ‘yoke’, extending through the seat rail forming the back legs. It features a C-form splat that is divided into three floating-panel sections; an openwork stylized fu character at the top, a rectangle Nanmu Burlwood central panel and with the splat set to either side with beaded flange brackets.
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