Dimensions: 43-3/4" H x 46-1/8" W x 27-3/8" D
Very Rare, Stunning of Chinese high valued Zitan hardwood imperial throne chair. Antique Chinese Zitan large throne chair. Gorgeously constructed from a rectangular platform serves as the basis for ornately open-works carved backrest, wide rectangular hard mat, rising both arms panel, with gallery shoes. Ornately lacquered after an imperial with all over decoration of dragons pursuing flaming pearls, the scalloped crest top surmounting the stepped back and arms, over a wide rectangular seat, all raised on lattice legs set into a hoofed stretcher. The surface elaborately carved with detailed dragons motif in deep reliefs chasing a flame pearl within fumes clouds. Encircling the focal carving is scrolling smoke and cloud form. Just below the seat the perimeter is emblazoned with fine chisel work from a master craftsman. This chair stands on four sturdy legs that are braced by three angular beams and a footrest. Zitan is an extremely dense wood which sinks in water. It is a member of the rosewood family and is botanically classified in the Pterocarpus genus. The lumber is blackish-purple in hue, and its fibers are loaded with deep red pigments which have been used for dye throughout the ages. The entirety is encased in amazing relief carving which gives this box a captivating appearance. The Throne chair decorating has been done with impressive fluency and detail. As sacrificial sets are considered quite rare. Excellent craftsmanship is evident in the fine details, giving this piece an unforgettable appearance.