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Magnificent Carved Paduk Tête-à-Tête, Second Half of 19th Century, Japan



The tête-à-tête form appears in the latter part of the 19th century, a Victorian motif that here is expressed in the Japanese style, and of Japanese workmanship. This tête-à-tête is a tour de force of the best carving, that is fully developed through the piece, seat bottoms notwithstanding. Note the crest and the virtuosity of the carved lions, each with its own stylized anatomy and stance, each expressing an alternative to the other, not merely a repeated or mirroring design. If this were not enough, the arms terminate into magnificent dragon heads with ceramic eyes, etc. An owl with spread wings sits on top of every leg, and the arm supports are additionally fully embellished, including detailed carved birds dividing the two seats. From a decorative point of view alone, it's a masterpiece, and as a form, the tête-à-tête in the Japanese taste is extremely rare.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 43.5 in. (110.49 cm)Width: 47 in. (119.38 cm)Depth: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Seat Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Style
    Chinese Export (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Providence, RI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: sw020201stDibs: LU90755580513

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    Ships From: Providence, RI
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