Armchairs with Tiered Design of Right Angles

Shandong Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:57 D:44 H:101 (cm)
Reference: CH 318


  • Description

    The tiered angular design with double waist and cube base echoes the throne like form consistent with the intriguing and more intricate late Qing style.

    The upper half is a geometric and pleasingly symmetrical construct of stepped angular armrests and backsplat that extends to provide a headrest, while use of rounded rails and legs are cleverly introduced to soften the angular form.

    The inside edge of the legs that are not as visible remain squared, a design device used by carpenters to give additional structural strength.

    The high waist’s delicate pierced carvings and the lower waist’s geometric scrolling complement the upper chair’s angular designs, while the intricate pierced carving and use of the dragon motif in back splat lighten the form and convey the symbolism of power.

    The fine grain of the elm wood is warmly tactile, while traces of original lacquer are visible, giving a fine patina.

  • Print

…throne like armchairs of distinct angular design..

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