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Armchair

Period:
late Ming (1368–1644) or early Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Purple sandalwood (zitan)
Dimensions:
H. 40 1/8 In. (101.9 cm); W. 22 3/8 in. (56.8 cm); D. 18 1/8 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.193.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218
The calligraphy by the two leading talents of Suzhou, Zhu Yunming (1461–1527) and Wen Zhengming (1470–1559), imparts a literary
and aesthetic dimension to these functional objects.
Inscription: The splat is inscribed with a facsimile of calligraphy by Wen Zhengming (1470–1559):

"No one is calling at the door, only uneven pine shadows and singing birds; brew some fine tea, sit by the window casually copying down a few words from an old rubbing to commemorate this. Zhêngming" (from catalog card).
[ R. H. Ellsworth Ltd. , New York, until 1976; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ming Furniture Room," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Re-Installation of The Ming Furniture Room," 2008.

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