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The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Classical Furniture

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    The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Classical Furniture
    15.03.2016
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NEW YORK, 8 MARCH 2016 – On 15 March Sotheby’s New York will present a single-owner sale of The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Classical Furniture as part of the Asia Week series of auctions. The sale features 63 lots, all offered without reserve, from one of the few remaining private collections of Chinese hardwood furniture in the United States of such scope and magnitude. The auction comes at a time of great excitement for the Chinese Furniture market with recent single-owner sales in London and Hong Kong, both of which were 100% sold. The pre-sale exhibition opens on 10 March 2016.

Cynthia Volk, Chinese Art Senior Specialist commented: “The elegant beauty of Chinese hardwood furniture is on glorious display in the Fabian Collection. Commissioned from the 16th century by the scholarly elite, wealthy aristocrats, courtiers, and emperors, the desirability of these fine pieces has never faltered and we are now witnessing a tremendous appetite for these enduring works from collectors around the world.”

Founder and rector of St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, the Reverend Richard Fabian found time to pursue his interest in Chinese Art, particularly that of hardwood furniture. Huanghuali, amongst the most valued hardwood in China, is praised for its vibrant colour, impressive grain pattern and light, sweet fragrance. These distinct qualities allowed craftsmen of the Ming and Qing Dynasties to create both plain and ornate surfaces that retained much of the material’s natural beauty. Father Fabian appreciated this refined aesthetic and it led him to his first major purchase of Chinese Furniture in 1974, a pair of yokeback armchairs from a small Connecticut antiques shop, which is included in this auction.

The sale is led by two pairs of Rare and Exceptional Huanghuali And Huamu ‘Fu’ Character Yokeback Armchairs which exemplify the very best of a particularly distinguished and distinctive type. The chairs of this much-studied and admired group are renowned for their generous proportions, varied textures, ingenious juxtaposition of positive and negative space, and the crisp undulating lines of the strongly shaped aprons and supports. The two pairs in the sale are four of just eleven of this type known and are estimated to fetch $500/700,000 and $300/500,000.






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  • A rare and exceptional pair of huanghuali and huamu ‘fu’ character yokeback armchairs (sichutouguanmaoyi), Ming dynasty17,  Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 USD
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